Although Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ditched the director and many of the characters from previous installments, the movie held onto as Captain Jack Sparrow and, as such, even without and , it still managed to gross over $1 billion dollars worldwide.
With that in mind, it was never a question whether we'd see another Pirates movie set sail. Rather, the question is what can we expect from it when it does?
Well, thanks to Variety, we now know that is writing the screenplay. Most recently, Nathanson was one of four credited writers on 2011's action comedy Tower Heist, his fourth collaboration with director after having written both Rush Hour 2 and Rush Hour 3. As a screenwriter, Nathanson is responsible for 's excellent Catch Me If You Can, and he also contributed to the director's The Terminal, and the story for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. His biggest "What the hell?" credit, though, is Speed 2: Cruise Control, which is probably best forgotten.
Nathanson sure has experience on big franchise outings, but can he successfully continue the adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow? Months before Pirates of Caribbean: On Stranger Tides even arrived in theaters, Terry Rossio was hired to pen the fifth installment. It's unknown at this point whether Nathanson will be working from previous drafts by Rossio or starting from scratch.
So there's no doubt that we'll again see Jack Sparrow lizard-walking his way through yet another Caribbean misadventure, and Nathanson might just be the screenwriter to make it happen. What are our thoughts? Are you looking forward to Pirates 5? Think there's a lot of potential left in the whole thing, or did the franchise die in the third movie?