<i>Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides</i> Charts Course For Sequels

Captain Jack Sparrow is about to sail the seven seas in an all-new Pirates adventure, but could the forthcoming fourth film in Disney's adventure franchise lead the way to an additional set of sequels?

Hit Fix reports that Disney is already preparing for a back-to-back shoot on fifth and sixth installments of the Pirates of the Caribbean series, saying: "Disney has begun quietly telling cast and crew to set aside a major block of time in the very near future so they can shoot Pirates 5 and Pirates 6. And, yes, once again, they will be shooting them back-to-back as one giant film, and then they'll release them as two films."

I'm definitely not opposed to seeing more Pirates movies, especially if Disney is able to bring Johnny Depp back for them. Still, while the back-to-back shooting of Dead Man's Chest and At World's End was a commercial success, it wasn't necessarily a creative one -- fans and critics alike weren't anywhere near as wild about those films as they were about the initial Jack Sparrow tale. Is it too risky to try the same formula on a second trilogy of Pirates movies? Disney doesn't think so, apparently, and at the end of the day, it's their investment.

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