WHILE THERE’S NO ques­tion­ing the con­tin­ued pop­u­lar­ity of the Pi­rates fran­chise — 2011’s On

Stranger Tides made over $1 bil­lion — it’s not been the same since the early, funny one. Good news! Jerry Bruck­heimer says Salazar’s Re­venge re­cap­tures the spirit of Curse Of The Black Pearl.

“We pre­viewed the pic­ture re­cently,” says the pro­ducer. “A lot of the au­di­ence says it harkens back to the first.” And that’s not purely down to tone. This is a re­union. As well as Johnny Depp as Jack Spar­row and Ge­of­frey Rush as Bar­bossa, who have ap­peared in ev­ery movie, Pi­rates 5 will bring back Or­lando Bloom as Will Turner, last seen doomed to a life as cap­tain of the cursed ship the Fly­ing Dutch­man. “Will’s son [Bren­ton Th­waites] has been hunt­ing for him for years,” says Bruck­heimer. “That’s the back­bone of the story, the search for his fa­ther.”

Get­ting in the way of that quest will be Javier Bar­dem’s vil­lain, Cap­tain Salazar, who has some murky his­tory with Jack. “You’re not quite sure if he’s dead or not,” laughs Bruck­heimer. “He’s a lit­tle su­per­nat­u­ral. He’s on a real mis­sion of vengeance for some­thing Jack did to him when he was 18. He’s a pretty nasty char­ac­ter.” With an Os­car-win­ning vil­lain and the big­gest bat­tles yet (Bruck­heimer prom­ises 13 ships fac­ing off), this could be the Pi­rates to sail the fran­chise back onto the fun course it set 14 years ago.

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