‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5’ Lands Writer Jeff Nathanson

The ‘Tower Heist’ writer will tackle the script for this sequel starring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow.

Pirates of the Caribbean 5 lands writer Jeff Nathanson
Pirates of the Caribbean 5 lands writer Jeff Nathanson
Disney is looking to set sail with Pirates of the Caribbean 5, hiring Jeff Nathanson (Tower Heist) to work on the screenplay. Johnny Depp is set to return as Captain Jack Sparrow.

Back in January 2011, five months before Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was released, we reported that Terry Rossio was brought on to write the Pirates of the Caribbean 5 screenplay. Ted Elliott, who co-wrote the first four movies with Terry Rossio, did not return to work on the script. It isn't known if Jeff Nathanson is starting from scratch, or if he is re-working Terry Rossio's draft.

It isn't known if franchise stalwarts such as Geoffrey Rush and Kevin McNally are coming back for this fifth adventure. The franchise has earned a whopping $3.5 billion worldwide, with the last movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, earning more than $1 billion.

Jeff Nathanson's other screenwriting credits include Rush Hour 2, Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal, Rush Hour 3, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. He also has The 39 Clues in development at Paramount Pictures.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales comes to theaters July 7th, 2017 and stars Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Kaya Scodelario, Orlando Bloom, Brenton Thwaites, Martin Klebba, Geoffrey Rush, Kevin McNally. The film is directed by Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg.

Sources: Variety

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  1. Sean

    @gallagher I think Jeff Nathanson is helping Terry Rossio with Pirates 5's script now, which Disney brought him on board for that reason. So i think Terry Rossio is still involved with Pirates 5's script, but with Jeff Nathanson writing it with him and helping him with it.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  2. Sean

    @corey No, i think i understand it. Pirates 2 and 3 were only a two-parter but they are not two-parters, to the point where they were one movie originally like what happens to some other movies sometimes. Only story-wise.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  3. Corey W.

    @themoviefanatic -__- I don't think you understand what the topic is here.

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  4. Sean

    @corey Yes, i know. But, i'm just pointing it out that Pirates 4 and 5 and 6 will all be stand-alone movies. As for Pirates 2 and 3 they were only a two-parter, but not to the point where they are shorter then usual because of them being one movie originally and then cut into two movies. Which that wasn't the case for Pirates 2 and Pirates 3 , this also reminds me of what happened with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows and that awful Twilight: Breaking Dawn set of movies.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  5. Corey W.

    @themoviefanatic Ok...I never said they wouldn't be stand-alones. I was talking about 2 and 3.

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  6. Sean

    @corey No, actually it was mentioned on movie websites in the past including this website that Pirates 4 and 5 and 6, are all going to be stand-alone films and each of their stories/plots won't lead into what happens in the next one.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  7. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @corey Ball's in your court

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  8. WongFu

    As much as I love this series it does need to end at the 6th film.

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  9. Corey W.

    Pirates 4 wasn't a bad movie either. It wasn't the best one but it was a step-up from the 3rd, which was just terrible. The first two Pirates movie will never be topped, that's just how it's gonna be, no matter how many they decide to milk.

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  10. Corey W.

    @themoviefanatic When he says "two-parter" I think he means story-wise. Pirates 3 pretty much just continued the story from Pirates 2. Pirates and Pirates 4 are really the only stand-alones in the franchise.

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  11. ROFLitschristian

    So you want me to trust the man responsible for Rush Hour 3 and Tower Heist to write a script for a series which has overstayed its welcome? Well by all means, sign me up...

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  12. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @ejk1 And make it more interesting, a la Hector Barbosa

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  13. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    And just when the waters were calm, this happens

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  14. Sean

    @Roberto-Mata Pirates 2 and 3 were regular sequels. They weren't a two part film. But, they were filmed back to back.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  15. Sean

    @gallagher It won't be a two parter.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  16. ejk1

    4 wasn't bad. They just need to remove junk like that mermaid-human romance.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  17. Dan

    This series needs to die now...

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  18. artkid04

    I love these films but I hope the next one gets at least closer to the quality of the first film

    2 years agoby @artkid04Flag

  19. Roberto Mata

    @themoviefanatic 2 and 3 were a two part film

    2 years agoby @Roberto-MataFlag

  20. Brian Gallagher

    @themoviefanatic Likely? Who knows. It is possible though. I don't know about a two-parter.

    2 years agoby @gallagherFlag

  21. Sean

    @Roberto-Mata I highly doubt that. The previous four films were not 2 part films.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  22. Sean

    @gallagher Oh, So it could be more likely that he is starting from scratch on Terry Rossio's script for Pirates 5 ?

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  23. Roberto Mata

    They said that this will be a two part film, is that true? @gallagher

    2 years agoby @Roberto-MataFlag

  24. Brian Gallagher

    Not necessarily. Studios order "page-one" rewrites where a writer starts completely from scratch. The story from Variety didn't say one way or another, just that he is now on board.

    2 years agoby @gallagherFlag

  25. Sean

    @gallagher Isn't it more likely that Jeff Nathanson is re-working Terry Rossio's script for Pirates 5, rather then him starting from scratch on Terry Rossio's script for Pirates 5 ?

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

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