Walt Disney Pictures will be shooting scenes for their fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” film in Kauai and Oahu, Hawaii this summer, it was announced.
Entitled “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” Johnny Depp will return to his award-nominated role of Captain Jack Sparrow, his surly crew of fellow pirates coming along for the ride. In this film, Sparrow and his nemesis, Captain Hector Barbossa (played by Geoffrey Rush) find themselves on a mission to locate the Fountain of Youth.
“On Stranger Tides” is slated for cinema release in May of 2011. Rob Marshall, whose past director works include “Annie” and “Memoirs of a Geisha,” will be taking over where former director Gore Verbinski left off.
“The Walt Disney Co. has a great relationship with Hawaii that we’re looking forward to building upon with the filming of the latest adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow and his crew,” said Bob Iger, president and CEO of the Walt Disney Company. Iger paid a special visit to inform Governor Linda Lingle of the news. Though only portions of the film are expected to the shot there, it will generate an estimated $85 million for the local economy, from both direct and indirect spending.
Jerry Bruckheimer, the producer of “Pirates,” had this to say in a statement. “We’ve always sought out the most extraordinary and exotic locations for the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ films … Hawaii provides an amazing range of both land and seascapes, and we’re delighted to return for ‘On Stranger Tides.'”
Disney is no stranger to Hawaii, as they have used the tropical getaway several times in the past. “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” was also shot there, along with “George of the Jungle” (1997), and “Pearl Harbor” (2001). ABC, which is also owned by Disney, has shot their successful television drama “Lost” there.
In the meantime, a new Disney resort to be located in Hawaii is undergoing construction, set to open in 2011.