Ben wrote:Seriously, when you ramble, I am just swamped with words and can't actually find the argument within the torrent of letters!
1) Generic sequel-weary jokes aside, there IS no "Pirates 5 or 6" likely on the docket in the near future, nor will there likely be the urge to put them on, because
2) It was an accident of bad timing--and either hubris or contractual obligation to stop it from being cancelled--that #4 got made at all, since
3) The entire impetus for the project had originally been to justify Tom Sawyer's Island at Disneyland as "Pirates Island" by doing a story to tie it in with New Orleans Square (which idea has now since been changed, and the park rehab went through without a movie), thus leaving
4) A sequel with no cast members returning except for the two money leads, different screenwriters, and outside third-party source material that had nothing to do with the three earlier films, particularly after
5) The merchandising (which is the usual reason for justifying a sequel) for Pirates 3 had been a catastrophic disaster, and there had been plans to retire the franchise on the trilogy, if not for the above reasons.
(And again, they're probably not going to retitle it "The Final Chapter", but....does it sound
like they ever want to do another one?