So about that Disney announcement -- well, the one about Pirates of the Caribbean and its new title (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) and release date (summer 2011). It just so happens that there is also a novel called On Stranger Tides about pirates by one Tim Powers (which we briefly mentioned in our other post). The plot is striking in that the main character is also named (or renamed) Jack, and the plot revolves around him finding the Fountain of Youth, which is not only a recurring theme in the Pirates movies but was the rumored title of the fourth installment.

Here's the plot summary from Amazon via Publishers Weekly:

World Fantasy Award–winner Powers (Three Days to Never) demonstrates a precise control of complex narratives in this reprint of his rollicking and enchanting 1987 novel. Puppeteer John Chandagnac, bound for Jamaica to recover stolen money from his uncle, becomes Jack Shandy after pirates attack his ship and force him to join their crew. Shandy's struggle to accept his new life grounds the story for readers, even as Blackbeard and vodun magicians whisk everyone away to dreamlike lands where the Fountain of Youth itself awaits. The chaotic sea battles sing, though at times key events happen so quickly that they get lost in the shuffle as Jack tries to comprehend where he's going and what's at stake. This dark fantasy tale will appeal not just to pirate fans but also to anyone who appreciates Powers's talent for blending the most unlikely elements into a brilliantly cohesive whole.
So what do you think? Is this what we can expect come summer 2011? Or did Disney swipe this guy's title and ideas?
categories Movies, Cinematical