With just less than one year to go until the highly anticipated fifth instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Dead Men Tell No Tales has received an interesting new development that comes to us in the form of a comic book adaptation. Yes, Captain Jack Sparrow will be immortalised in comic book form!
The comics are set to follow Captain Jack on his adventures and will let the audience see what happened between the films. The first issue will take place shortly after The Curse of the Black Pearl, where Captain Jack flees the mysterious Isle de Meurta with Commodore Norrington in hot pursuit; this chase is mentioned briefly in the second film of the franchise, Dead Man’s Chest, where we see a somewhat ravaged and depraved James Norrington after having sailed through a hurricane. The comic series is set to be released sometime in August this year and will be published by Joe Books.
Releasing the comic book series prior to the film is a move that seems to serve two purposes. Firstly, it’s there as a means to help increase profits prior to the film’s release but also in an effort to drum up hype for the blockbuster itself. While the estimated budget is rumoured to be sitting at the $200 million mark, there are rumours floating around that it’s going to be one of the most expensive films ever made to date and is said to actually be coming in at close to $500 million! It will certainly have to live up to expectation if it’s going to take in more than half a billion however, it’s not uncommon for the Pirates films to hit such astronomical figures.
The only film in the franchise not to make the top 50 highest grossing films list is the first one, Curse of the Black Pearl; every other sequel since has made it onto the list with At World’s End earning the least… A pitiful $963,420,425. With this in mind, it seems almost certain that the swashbuckling sequel will rake in far more than the whispered about $500 million.
Yet we cannot rest on our laurels! It’s easy to assume that a big blockbuster like a new Pirates instalment will automatically attract swarms of viewers, all of whom will willingly throw the contents of their wallets at Disney; not just because it’s another exciting chapter in the tale but also because everyone likes to see Johnny Depp on the silver screen… Right?
In 2013 Depp starred in Disney’s The Lone Ranger, an exciting film adaptation of the famous masked cowboy. Incidentally, the film was directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Verbinski; both of whom famously worked on the Pirates franchise. Yet, the film flopped at the box office and lost Disney $190 million. So it begs the question, is Depp worth the money? I think the answer is probably yes.
All we can do for now is sit and keep a weather eye on the horizon, drink up me hearties yo ho!