Blockbuster ahoy! In an article called “Summer Movie Preview: Hollywood’s Top 15 Most Wanted,” this week’s NEWSWEEK (May 8 issue) picks PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST, with Johnny Depp reprising his Oscar-nominated role as Captain Jack Sparrow, as “the summer film we’re most excited about.” Great choice, NEWSWEEK–we’re pretty excited, too!
NEWSWEEK writes, “Three years ago, almost everyone predicted that PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL would be a cheesy also-ran in the big summer box-office race. Pirate movies had tanked for years. Johnny Depp had never had a real hit. Worst of all, it was based on a Disney theme-park ride. It just had to sink, right? Yeah. Like TITANIC. It not only raked in a massive $654 million worldwide but was a rollicking pleasure cruise that had the whole country yo-ho-ho-ing. We’d rather walk the plank than miss this sequel. (Or the third one, which will be released next summer. . . .” You can read the full article on the Zone’s News & Views forum; thanks very much to FANtasticJD for posting the NEWSWEEK story. Pirates, be ye warned: there are some minor plot spoilers.
Our thumbnail above shows a Peter Mountain photograph from the DEAD MAN’S CHEST set; to see a larger version of the NEWSWEEK photo, click HERE.
In a related article, sandstorm reports that Peter Travers’s summer movie preview for ROLLING STONE picks POTC: DEAD MAN’S CHEST as #2 for the summer season. Travers writes, “Put me down for a yo-ho as long as Depp’s along for the ride.” Thanks, sandstorm!