The veteran scribe of ‘Pirates’, Ted Elliott, was also hired to develop a new story for the franchise.
Pirates of the Caribbean can set sail once more. Disney hired veteran Pirates scribe Ted Elliott and Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin to develop a story for a new Pirate adventure show.
The movement is designed to propel the fresh wind towards Pirates, one of the greatest film franchises of all time, which introduced pirate Jack Sparrow of luck and drink in Disney’s pop and fandom culture.
But it is also a franchise that, after five deliveries, was with winds against. Star Johnny Depp’s dwindling fortune, on and off the screen, didn’t help.
The study had taken steps to develop a restart in late 2018 when it hired Deadpool scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to write a script that was designed to “kick his pants,” according to Disney. But Reese and Wernick ended up dating in early 2019, leaving the project in dry dock since then.
The hiring of Elliott and Mazin places the Pirates in the early stages of development, with the duo in charge of finding a direction and history. It is not clear at this stage if Sparrow would return as a character or if Depp would return as an actor.
Jerry Bruckheimer is expected to be in command again as a producer.
Elliott knows his way through the Seven Seas, having co-written the 2003 original, The Curse of the Black Pearl, and the three subsequent installments (Dead Man’s Chest, At World’s End, On Stranger Tides) with his then companion Terry Rossio.
Mazin established himself in the world of comedy with Scary Movie deliveries and Hangover movies, but it was with this year’s Emmy-winning HBO miniseries, Chernobyl, that he was acclaimed for his dramatic voice.