Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Pirates Four to be Filmed in Hawaii

The fourth installment of Disney's popular "Pirates of the Caribbean" series will be filmed in Hawaii, according an announcement Monday by Gov. Linda Lingle.

Johnny Depp will return to his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," which will begin shooting this summer on Oahu and Kauai and be released in 2011. The film is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Rob Marshall.

"We've always sought out the most extraordinary and exotic locations ... Hawaii provides an amazing range of both land and seascapes, and we're delighted to return for 'On Stranger Tides,'" Bruckheimer said in a statement.

Small portions of "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," were shot on Maui and Molokai.

I doubt that they will rename the franchise "Pirates of the Pacific".

Of course, portions of Pirates Three took place in and around Asia. I was never clear how much of that movie took place where. They returned from the Locker at an unnamed location that happened to be near where both Sao Feng and Becket were waiting. Shipwreck Island was not far away. Becket commanded the East India Company which controlled trade with China.

It is surprising that any of the original movies were shot in the Caribbean. Hollywood has a long history of substituting locations. For example, Cutthroat Island took place in the Caribbean but was shot in Malta and Thailand.

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