The Walt Disney Studios has hired Ted Elliott and Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin to develop the story for the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The trade says that the duo have been tasked to find a direction and story. Jerry Bruckheimer is still attached to produce the new film.
Elliott wrote the 2003 original, The Curse of the Black Pearl, and the next three films, Dead Man’s Chest, At World’s End, and On Stranger Tides, with then partner Terry Rossio. Mazin’s credits also include the Scary Movie films and The Hangover movies.
Disney previously hired Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to write the script for the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie, but they ended up exiting the project earlier this year in February.
“We want to bring in a new energy and vitality,” president of production Sean Bailey said about the project in December. “I love the [Pirates] movies, but part of the reason Paul and Rhett are so interesting is that we want to give it a kick in the pants. And that’s what I’ve tasked them with.”
The five-film Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has grossed over $4.5 billion worldwide. The last installment, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, grossed $794.9 million at the worldwide box office in 2017, with $172.6 million coming from North America and $622.3 million from international markets.
The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is an interesting one, as you have the original three films which can be considered a trilogy. Then On Stranger Tides (2011) was a soft reboot with new characters joining Sparrow, Geoffrey Rush’s Barbossa and Kevin McNally’s Gibbs, while Dead Men Tell No Tales was another kind of reboot with even more new characters.
It was previously reported that Johnny Depp‘s Captain Jack Sparrow was not expected to be back for the next film, but we’ll have to wait and see what Elliott and Mazin come up with.