Time To Walk The Plank Into Adventure Again
♦Disney’s Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge hits cinemas in May this year and we’ve had a new trailer and a new poster. Disney has also released some advanced information about the film as well…
From Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films comes “Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge,” the fifth film in the now iconic “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise, which returns Johnny Depp to his Academy Award®-nominated role as the outrageous, swashbuckling antihero Captain Jack Sparrow. Depp is joined in this new adventure with Oscar® winners Javier Bardem and Geoffrey Rush, and cast members both new and familiar to “Pirates of the Caribbean” fans.
Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge” is a rollicking new tale of the high seas infused with the elements of fantasy, humor and action that have resulted in an international phenomenon for the past 13 years.
With the release of “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” back in 2003, came the dawn of Jerry Bruckheimer’s most successful franchise, one of the most successful series of films in the history of the Disney Studios. The film series was to become a game-changing, culture-altering, zeitgeist-boosting, history-making phenomenon, with the first film followed by “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” (2006), “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” (2007) and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” (2011). Collectively, these four films have brought in over $3.7 billion of worldwide box-office, but more importantly, inspired and delighted audiences of all ages around the globe.
Now, the rip-roaring “Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge,” finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth, a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry, a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.
In addition to Johnny Depp, who was most recently seen in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge” stars Academy Award® winner Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men,” “Skyfall”), Brenton Thwaites (“The Giver,” “Maleficent”), Kaya Scodelario (“The Maze Runner” films, upcoming “The King’s Daughter”), Kevin R. McNally (“Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, “Macbeth Unhinged”), Golshifteh Farahani (“Paterson,” “Body of Lies”), David Wenham (“Lion,” “300: Rise of an Empire”), Stephen Graham (“Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, “Gangs of New York”) and Oscar® winner Geoffrey Rush (“The King’s Speech,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise).
The screenplay for the new adventure is by Jeff Nathanson (“Catch Me If You Can,” “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”). The executive producers are Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, Joe Caracciolo, Jr., Terry Rossio and Brigham Taylor.
Behind-the-scenes talent includes director of photography Paul Cameron (“Collateral,” “Déjà Vu”), production designer Nigel Phelps (“Pearl Harbor,” “World War Z”), costume designer Penny Rose (all four previous “Pirates of the Caribbean” films), Academy Award®-winning hair and makeup designer Peter King (all six “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” films), editors Roger Barton (“Pearl Harbor,” “Bad Boys II”) and Leigh Folsom Boyd (“Fast & Furious 6,” “Furious 7”), visual effects supervisor Gary Brozenich (an Oscar® nominee for “The Lone Ranger” who previously worked on “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”), stunt coordinator Thomas Robinson Harper (Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Jungle Book”) and Emmy® Award-winning composer Geoff Zanelli, who worked closely with Hans Zimmer on all four previous “Pirates of the Caribbean” films.
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge” drops anchor in UK cinemas on 26th May, 2017, in Digital 3D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D.
CAPTAINS AT THE HELM
When Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney got set to jump into making the next “Pirates of the Caribbean” film, they began a search for a new story that would take the series a few steps forward, while at the same time hearken back to the elements of fantasy, action, comedy, and elements of the supernatural that had made the first film such a sensation.
The search eventually led them to veteran screenwriter Jeff Nathanson, and while he was busy bringing the filmmakers’ vision and the spirit of the new adventure to life, the hunt for a director began in earnest. Ultimately, filmmakers found the perfect directors to helm the film— the Norwegian directing team of Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg. The directing duo is known for impressing international audiences with their Academy Award®-nominated epic tale of real-life ocean exploration, “Kon-Tiki,” followed by the highly rated, big-scale Netflix miniseries “Marco Polo.”
For the directors, the opportunity to be part of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise was a dream come true. “It’s the kind of movie we grew up with and love,” Sandberg says. “That mix of adventure, action, and comedy is what we’ve always loved about big American movies.”
Confesses Rønning, “The Pirates films remind me about the kind of movies that inspired me to become a filmmaker when I was a kid. Now that I have kids of my own, it’s great to make a movie that they can watch too. It’s a true family movie.
“We know that trying to do something original with the fifth installment was going to be a challenge, but that was important to us,” continues Rønning, to which Sandberg adds, “I think that we very much looked back to the first movie when we went into this. It’s an amazing franchise, and a great responsibility for us. There are so many fans around the world, and we were fans as well watching the movies in Norway.”
ALL HANDS ON DECK
Bruckheimer, Rønning and Sandberg began to assemble and reassemble cast members both new and familiar. In addition to Johnny Depp reprising his fan-favorite role of the free-wheeling Jack Sparrow, Australia’s own national treasure Geoffrey Rush returns as Captain Barbossa, now commandeering the late Blackbeard’s vessel, Queen Anne’s Revenge, and literally sitting on a mountain of booty; Kevin J. McNally, making it five for five, as Jack’s first mate Joshamee Gibbs, teller of tall tales and himself no stranger to the rum bottle; Stephen Graham as the delightfully dim Scrum; Martin Klebba as the diminutive and scrappy Marty; Giles New and Angus Barnett as Murtogg and Mullroy, having made the move from redcoats to pirates at the finale of “At World’s End”; and the irrepressible Jack the Monkey, Barbossa’s beloved companion (though much disliked by Captain Jack), portrayed by the talented white-throated capuchins Pablo and Chiquita.
Taking to sea for the first time is a truly extraordinary group of actors, headed by Academy Award®-winner Javier Bardem, who brought his fearless, relentlessly experimental style to create a multidimensional antagonist for Captain Jack, the fearsome Captain Salazar, known as “El Matar Del Mar” (“The Butcher of the Sea”). With his crew of the undead, Salazar rids the Caribbean of pirates with demonic ferocity—not only because of his loyalty to the Spanish Crown, but also because of a particular vendetta against one pirate in particular.
Two of the most gifted young performers in film today join him. Australian Brenton Thwaites, who had impressed the filmmakers in such films as “The Giver” and “Son of a Gun,” was awarded the role of Henry, the young Royal Navy sailor who is on a vigorous quest to help save a father he has barely known from a terrible fate. For Thwaites the excitement of being cast in “Salazar’s Revenge” was accentuated by the fact that he was still a kid when the first film was released, and he had been a fan of the series ever since.
Britain’s Kaya Scodelario, who parlayed her fame in the television series “Skins” into increasingly strong film roles, was cast as Carina, a strong-willed young mathematician and astronomer, whose beauty is more than matched by her intelligence and fortitude.
Other newcomers to the cast include the internationally acclaimed, Iranian-born Golshifteh Farahani as Shansa, a mysterious and powerful sea witch, and veteran Australian actor David Wenham as Scarfield.
WEIGH ANCHOR AND SET SAIL!
It would be a short trip from “matey” to “g’day, mate” when the production chiefs of “Salazar’s Revenge” decided to sail “Pirates of the Caribbean” to stranger tides. After scouting numerous international locations, the production settled upon basing themselves in the tourist valhalla of Gold Coast in the state of Queensland on the east coast of Australia. The fifth film in the now legendary series, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge,” began filming there on 16th February, 2015.
Over the course of the shoot, the production dropped anchor in several other locations around the Australian coast, notably Moreton Bay, Lennox Headland Reserve, Hastings Point, Tamborine Mountain and the famed Whitsunday Islands, before finally docking in Vancouver, British Columbia, for 13 final days of shooting.
The filming of “Salazar’s Revenge” was yet another study in how a huge and diverse number of people from every walk of life somehow come together in a collective effort to, in a sense, push the boundaries of time and tide, making the intangible tangible, and the impossible possible.
Production designer Nigel Phelps, who had created the humongous and meticulously detailed sets and ships for Bruckheimer’s production of “Pearl Harbor,” was faced with an equally daunting task for “Salazar’s Revenge”: to design and construct a large number of environments, from an entire Caribbean village, to a god’s tomb at bottom of the ocean floor, to thirteen ships, some of them 160 feet long, including a completely reconstructed Black Pearl and Queen Anne’s Revenge, and Captain Salazar’s “floating castle,” the imposing galleon Silent Mary in both pre-ghost and post-ghost versions, as well as British Ships of the Line, pirate vessels, and the delightfully pathetic and dilapidated Dying Gull, which Captain Jack commandeers for lack of anything else available to him at the moment. “The main thing is that you want to respect what’s gone on in the past films,” notes Phelps, “which looked fantastic, but you want to freshen it up and try to bring images to the screen that haven’t been seen before.”
For shooting on the ships, the production utilized its expansive “ship arena,” containing almost full-sized vessels mounted on sophisticated computerized gimbals and turntables developed by multiple Oscar®-winning special effects supervisor John Frazier. With two configurations of ships, 110-foot and 130-foot versions, and keeping the same chassis and carriage underneath, production designer Nigel Phelps and his team created more than ten different ships to build on top of them.
For the fifth time on a “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie, the formidable Penny Rose would be creating thousands of costumes, with her unwavering attention to period-correct detail to every person on screen, no matter how big or small the role may be.
Rose brought 30 Australian costumers into her department, mostly from the theatre and opera worlds, backed by a veritable army of costumers, textile artists, arts finishers, cutters, dyers, seamstresses and runners/assistants. Rose and company took over an entire 15-20,000 square foot soundstage at Village Roadshow Studios, which also served as a warehouse for the 2000 plus costumes, hats, shoes and accessories meticulously arranged by character names, types, genders and ages.
A PIRATE’S LIFE FOR US!
When “Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge” opens on 26th May, audiences will once again be transported to the colorful, antic-filled and heartwarming world of the most outrageous pirates ever to sail the seven seas. Through the vision of the talented filmmakers and extraordinary cast, the film promises to deliver a cinematic adventure like no other.
As director Joachim Rønning says, “We wanted to make the best ‘Pirates’ movie ever. We wanted to create fun, spectacular action, an epic movie with a very strong emotional core, and great characters. We’ve been working hard now for years to get in the spirit of the first film, and at the same time make ‘Salazar’s Revenge’ feel fresh and new. Now it’s up to the audience to see if we accomplished that.”
“We could only have dreamed when we did the first film that we were creating something which would have taken us this far,” comments Jerry Bruckheimer. “It’s been such a privilege, and we owe it not only to the great artists and craftsmen on both sides of the camera who have worked on the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ films, but to audiences around the world with whom these movies have struck such a chord.
“All we’ve ever really wanted to do is to entertain them, bring them into a different world for a few hours, and little did we know that we would have brought them into that world for nearly fifteen years.
Bruckheimer adds with a laugh, “I guess it’s been a pirate’s life for all of us!”