by Greg Dean Schmitz
Last month, there was a story online that Walt Disney Pictures was telling the crew of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides to make room in their schedule for both #5 and #6 in the franchise. This week, at least half of that story was apparently confirmed, as the studio has hired screenwriter Terry Rossio to start working on the fifth Pirates movie. Disney is also in talks with Rob Marshall (Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha) to direct his second Pirates movie (On Stranger Tides was his first, after Gore Verbinski directed the first three). The Terry Rossio news is particularly interesting because it means the fifth movie will be the first that he will write without his longtime writing partner Ted Elliott. As for who might star in Pirates of the Caribbean 5 (as if this is really much of a question), Johnny Depp addressed the fifth movie in this week's Entertainment Weekly (which has him as Jack Sparrow on the cover). "As long as we can put all the puzzle pieces together, I would most definitely consider it," Depp said.