Celebrate the Zone's first anniversary with NEW pictures of Johnny Depp in Nassau!

What a wonderful surprise for the first anniversary of the Johnny Depp-Zone–brand new pictures of Johnny from his press conference in Nassau on June 26, 2005! Thanks to a-pirate’s-life-for-me for finding the pictures, and to AnaMaria who posted a series of nearly forty new shots on the Zone’s Recent Pics forum. Johnny looks relaxed and extremely animated in the pictures–there are lots of smiles flashing his Captain Jack gold teeth, and a wide variety of hand gestures punctuating his conversation. There is no sign of his customary hand-rolled cigarette, though.

To see a larger version of the thumbnail at the left, click HERE, and to see a different picture from the press conference, click HERE. For a full-length view of Johnny standing in front of a poster for CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, click HERE. The rest of the pictures are available on Recent Pics–thanks, AnaMaria.

The Johnny Depp-Zone came online one year ago today–we had new candid pictures of Johnny on that day, too, from St. Tropez. Thanks to everyone who has made this year such a success–thanks especially to the extremely hard-working Zone staff and administration–and thanks a thousand times over to Johnny Depp, who provides continual inspiration and delight to all the members of the Zone.

Ahoy there, Captain Jack Sparrow! PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN sequels to resume shooting on August 1st–in Los Angeles!

Variety is reporting that the Gore Verbinski film PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 3, starring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, will begin shooting on August 1, 2005. However, the production will not be returning to Grand Bahama–at least not during the height of hurricane season! Instead, the cast and crew of PIRATES 3 will be shooting in Los Angeles. Variety also confirms that Chow Yun-Fat, star of CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON and BULLETPROOF MONK, will join the cast for the third movie. He will play Captain Sao Feng, a notorious Asian pirate. Working title for the third installment of the saga is PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: WORLD’S END.

The Zone thanks emma for the production update and sleepy for the news about Chow Yun-Fat. It’s a pleasure to have word that production on the sequels is resuming just as we celebrate the second anniversary of the release of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL. Captain Jack Sparrow sailed into multiplexes across North America on July 9, 2003–two years ago today. By this point next year, we should have seen the second Pirates film as well. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST is scheduled to be released on July 7, 2006.