Now that Spider-Man 3 has set the tone as far as this summer's box office goes, the entertainment world is patiently awaiting the arrival of Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End. Will the third installment put up bigger numbers than Dead Man's Chest; will it beat Spider-Man 3? Or, more importantly, will it provide fans with a satisfying ending to a trilogy that some feel hasn't lived up to the hype? While there have been rumors suggesting Pirates 3 will be cutting it close in terms of finishing all the effects and whatnot in time for the film's May 25 release date, producer Jerry Bruckheimer has confirmed that they most certainly are in rush mode. In fact, the timeline is so tight, there have been no test screenings for the flick; the only audience to see it in its entirely were a group of director Gore Verbinski's friends. And, of course, they loved it.
Keep in mind, this doesn't necessarily mean the film will be bad; it just means Bruckheimer and friends have no idea how audiences will respond to the pic, which cost $272.6 million to create. Is it a risk? Yes. But when the first two films gross $792.5 million and $1.3 billion respectively, then it's a risk that's definitely worth taking. As with Spider-Man 3, there's been a ton of talk recently regarding whether or not Disney will continue the franchise past At Worlds End. In the past, both Johnny Depp and Bruckheimer have shown interest; not to mention these Pirates are insanely lucrative. Now, however, it appears Bruckheimer is on the fence when it comes to a fourth installment. He says: This is the end. This is the end of the trilogy. Whether there will be another movie depends on whether we can create something new and different, but this is the end."
Fear not fanatics, the man then goes on to leave open the possibility of a spin-off flick: "This is the end, but whether one of the characters or a couple of the characters continue on, it's a possibility. Certainly, in a moment at the end of the film there is a hope that something else might happen." But would a fourth Pirates flick do well without Johnny Depp as Captain Jack? I mean, that's if "new and different" is another way of saying "if we can find someone cool enough to replace Johnny." Here's my question to you: Which franchise do you think has a better chance of surviving without its main star: Spider-Man or Pirates of the Caribbean?