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Verbinski off Pirates

04.08.2009

Apparently Gore Verbinski has had enough of peg legs, eye patches and Johnny Depp. The successful director, who led the PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN trilogy to a $2.6 billion worldwide gross has told Variety that he will not be back for the fourth installment, which is set to begin filming in 2010. Here's what the gracious director had to say on the matter:

I had a fantastic time bringing 'Pirates' to life, and I am eternally grateful to Jerry (Bruckheimer), Johnny and the rest of the creative and production team. I'm looking forward to all of us crossing paths again in the future.

Instead, Verbinski will focus on his adaptation of the best-selling video game BIOSHOCK for Universal, which is set to start production in 2010 and is based on a script by John Logan. Fans have been waiting for Verbinski to solidify plans for his BIOSHOCK adaptation for some time now, but first up is the animated film RANGO, also written by Logan and set to be released on on March 18, 2011.

Most notably however, there is now an official opening for the directorial position on the next PIRATES film. If you'll excuse me, I have to go work on my cover letter.

Extra Tidbit: Who do you think should replace Verbinski?
Source: Variety

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6:24PM on 04/11/2009
I knew this day would come. I'll do it, have the producers contact me.
I knew this day would come. I'll do it, have the producers contact me.
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3:51PM on 04/09/2009
I personally welcome a Pirates 4, hoping it can wash the bad taste out of my mouth left by Pirates 3. The only thing I wonder is who will return other than Depp?
I personally welcome a Pirates 4, hoping it can wash the bad taste out of my mouth left by Pirates 3. The only thing I wonder is who will return other than Depp?
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1:38PM on 04/09/2009
Leave Pirates alone...the second two films nearly ruined the first.
Leave Pirates alone...the second two films nearly ruined the first.
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11:00AM on 04/09/2009

NOOOOooooo...

Gore not apart of the fourth installment. Great. Just what we need. Another director's interpretation of this franchise. I thought Gore was the go-to guy for the pirates films. If I had to pick another director, I would go with Robert Zemeckis. He knows how to have fun and work with a script.
Gore not apart of the fourth installment. Great. Just what we need. Another director's interpretation of this franchise. I thought Gore was the go-to guy for the pirates films. If I had to pick another director, I would go with Robert Zemeckis. He knows how to have fun and work with a script.
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8:10PM on 04/08/2009
Micheal Bay or Uwe Boll
Micheal Bay or Uwe Boll
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5:59PM on 04/08/2009

Maybe Robert Rodriguez, but

I'd prefer them to stop at three movies, I really have no desire for a 4th.
I'd prefer them to stop at three movies, I really have no desire for a 4th.
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5:47PM on 04/08/2009
why are they even making a 4th one? dont get me wrong, i loved the first 3. the 2nd and 3rd slightly less that the first, but why keep going? hollywood always ruins a good thing by making more and more pointless sequels. it will take a bit to convince me that this is a good idea. it coul dhappen, i guess. but im just not completly convinced
why are they even making a 4th one? dont get me wrong, i loved the first 3. the 2nd and 3rd slightly less that the first, but why keep going? hollywood always ruins a good thing by making more and more pointless sequels. it will take a bit to convince me that this is a good idea. it coul dhappen, i guess. but im just not completly convinced
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5:38PM on 04/08/2009

HOW ABOUT

My left nut because he can collaborate with my right one and make a better film then Dead Man's Chest, and At World's End. IT;s time for this franchise to sail away.
My left nut because he can collaborate with my right one and make a better film then Dead Man's Chest, and At World's End. IT;s time for this franchise to sail away.
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3:53PM on 04/08/2009
How about no more Pirates whatsoever? That'd be the good news. Glad to see Verbinski moving on to something new
How about no more Pirates whatsoever? That'd be the good news. Glad to see Verbinski moving on to something new
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2:34PM on 04/08/2009
McG, Peter Jackson, or James McTeigue.
McG, Peter Jackson, or James McTeigue.
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1:53PM on 04/08/2009

Should be..

Renny Harlin!

Pirates Of The Caribbean 4: Dying Hard From a Long Kiss on Cutthroat Island!
Renny Harlin!

Pirates Of The Caribbean 4: Dying Hard From a Long Kiss on Cutthroat Island!
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1:33PM on 04/08/2009

STEPHEN CHOW!

Stephen Chow! Heck yeah!! Great idea!!!
Stephen Chow! Heck yeah!! Great idea!!!
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12:39PM on 04/08/2009

I dont know

McG, Alex Proyas, Micheal Bay (not too bad of an idea), Kurt Wimmer,
Christopher McQuarrie. Someone that can make a good drama but knows action.
McG, Alex Proyas, Micheal Bay (not too bad of an idea), Kurt Wimmer,
Christopher McQuarrie. Someone that can make a good drama but knows action.
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12:37PM on 04/08/2009

Wierd

I thought it was already planned that if Verbinski wasn't returning the franchise would be taken over by Tim Burton?
I thought it was already planned that if Verbinski wasn't returning the franchise would be taken over by Tim Burton?
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12:20PM on 04/08/2009

Sucks He's Leaving...

I enjoyed all 3 movies for what they were, great entertainment, and pretty decent acting for the most part. As far as a new director, I am going to have to say that someone like Zach Snyder (not sure if he'd do it though). I think Snyder would continue Verbinski's work very well.
I enjoyed all 3 movies for what they were, great entertainment, and pretty decent acting for the most part. As far as a new director, I am going to have to say that someone like Zach Snyder (not sure if he'd do it though). I think Snyder would continue Verbinski's work very well.
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11:48AM on 04/08/2009

I KNOW!!!!

MICHAEL BAY! I would love to see pirate ships exploding every 5 minutes!

or

I would settle for Uwe Boll cause he is a genius and we are just too stupid to see his artistic ability of superness. I mean, did you happen to see "House of the Dead"...can you say "Oscar Snub"?
MICHAEL BAY! I would love to see pirate ships exploding every 5 minutes!

or

I would settle for Uwe Boll cause he is a genius and we are just too stupid to see his artistic ability of superness. I mean, did you happen to see "House of the Dead"...can you say "Oscar Snub"?
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11:26AM on 04/08/2009
This could potentially be great news. Fox and Sony aren't behind Bioshock it is universal so there is a little hope. Universal hasn't completely given up on making a quality product and profit. This film has got to be an R though which scares me because they might think it is just an action game when it is more along the lines of survival horror. Either way pirates 2-3 sucked but not because of the direction. He's very good with presentation.
This could potentially be great news. Fox and Sony aren't behind Bioshock it is universal so there is a little hope. Universal hasn't completely given up on making a quality product and profit. This film has got to be an R though which scares me because they might think it is just an action game when it is more along the lines of survival horror. Either way pirates 2-3 sucked but not because of the direction. He's very good with presentation.
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11:24AM on 04/08/2009
No idea for a new director.

At this point, I'm more interested in Verbinski's Bioshock than Pirates 4. Based on what Verbinski has done, I think he can make a great Bioshock.
No idea for a new director.

At this point, I'm more interested in Verbinski's Bioshock than Pirates 4. Based on what Verbinski has done, I think he can make a great Bioshock.
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11:02AM on 04/08/2009

long time depp partner?

How about seeing what Tim Burton could do with something like this?
How about seeing what Tim Burton could do with something like this?
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10:36AM on 04/08/2009

UWE BOLL

Uwe Boll would do an AMAZING job with this one, fo sho!
Uwe Boll would do an AMAZING job with this one, fo sho!
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10:03AM on 04/08/2009

Why are they even making POTC 4?

Did they learn nothing from the SHIT that was Pirates 2 and 3?

Oh, and I think Gore can make a great Bioshock film!
Did they learn nothing from the SHIT that was Pirates 2 and 3?

Oh, and I think Gore can make a great Bioshock film!
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8:25AM on 04/08/2009
Stephen Chow.

Stephen Chow should replace Verbinski.
Stephen Chow.

Stephen Chow should replace Verbinski.
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7:25AM on 04/08/2009
Martin Campbell would have been a great choice, but he'll need to finish Green Lantern first.
Martin Campbell would have been a great choice, but he'll need to finish Green Lantern first.
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5:07AM on 04/08/2009
damn, thats a fucking difficult choice.. don't know anyone at the moment... not that part 2 and 3 were that great (weren't).. but still it was gores baby..
cutthroat island was the best pirates movie so far, so perhaps take that guy. (though he made shit like covenant)
damn, thats a fucking difficult choice.. don't know anyone at the moment... not that part 2 and 3 were that great (weren't).. but still it was gores baby..
cutthroat island was the best pirates movie so far, so perhaps take that guy. (though he made shit like covenant)
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2:59AM on 04/08/2009

Renny Harlin

just kidding
just kidding
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2:59AM on 04/08/2009

wow

What a fucking idiot.
What a fucking idiot.
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2:38AM on 04/08/2009
brad bird.
let him write it too.
brad bird.
let him write it too.
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2:32AM on 04/08/2009
Doesn't matter who takes over. Jack Sparrow will remain Jack Sparrow, a pop-culture icon, and Pirates 4 will make serious bank even if it turns out to be a flop. Anyhow, Pirates needs to be fun, so any director who understands that should be able to do a great job with it.
Doesn't matter who takes over. Jack Sparrow will remain Jack Sparrow, a pop-culture icon, and Pirates 4 will make serious bank even if it turns out to be a flop. Anyhow, Pirates needs to be fun, so any director who understands that should be able to do a great job with it.
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2:30AM on 04/08/2009
No one! They should stop making these god awful movies.
No one! They should stop making these god awful movies.
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2:25AM on 04/08/2009

Michael Bay

Boats will flip n' shit.
Boats will flip n' shit.
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2:15AM on 04/08/2009
Billy Walsh.
Billy Walsh.
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