Avast ye! Pirates are swinging into Australia, and for once they aren’t downloading episodes of Game of Thrones. The Walt Disney Studios today announced that the fifth film in the blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean franchise will shoot in Queensland, Australia, with production anticipated to begin in February 2015.
The fifth instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg. The film is slated to be released in cinemas worldwide in July 2017.
As loathe as we are to cite George Brandis (who has been silently sweeping away the freedoms of Australians while we sleep), the Federal Minister for the Arts states: “The fifth film in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise will be the largest international feature film ever to shoot in Australia and will focus the world’s attention on Australia as a leading film destination. Our investment in attracting the film to Australia will result in substantial benefits for the screen industry and economy.”
Working with the Queesland State Government, Australia with a contribution of $21.6 million for an estimated $100 million to Queensland and create thousands of local jobs, according to Queensland Premier Campbell Newman and Screen Queensland.
The news of a fifth film reminds us that there was, in fact, a fourth film called Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides way back in 2011. By the time the sequel is released, it will be a 6 year gap. Will the world still be seeking piratey adventures of the Disney theme park kind?