You can tell the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film is truly in full production as new rumors seem to come out daily. Yesterday’s two big headlines concerned budget and location. First, the funding for the fourth film has been slashed considerably (now projected to cost only $200 million), and in another money-saving measure, they’ll be doing the filming in Hawaii and London rather than the Caribbean and California.
Both of these pieces of news have been met with some negative reactions, but I really don’t see how either matters much. We’ve all seen how big budget movies – pirate and otherwise – can get bogged down by their own bloated spectacle, so all I really care about is if the script is good and if it’s well executed. Hey, speaking of scripts, I’ve yet to hear if they actually have one yet. I’m assuming so, but that never made much headlines. Huh.
As to the non-Caribbean location (which has really ruffled some feathers,) that one I really don’t care about at all. Hollywood has successfully portrayed the Czech Republic as the American Frontier (Ravenous), New Zealand and Middle Earth (Lord of the Rings) and Iowa as someplace magical (Field of Dreams.) So really, does it matter where it’s filmed?
Thanks to Captain Tom Foolery and Captain Anne Paisley.