Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End is a 2007 American swashbuckling comedy adventure drama directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.

It's a sequel to the film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) and the third installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean film series.

The film's cast stars Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Bill Nighy, Geoffrey Rush, Jack Davenport, Tom Hollander and Naomie Harris reprising their roles from the first two movies with Chow Yun-Fat and Keith Richards joining them portraying new characters. Disney has announced a global release date of May 25th, 2007 but also a day early release date of May 24th which is not global.


Plot[edit | edit source]

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the entire movie.

At the conclusion of Dead Man's Chest, Will Turner, Elizabeth Swann, and company find refuge with Tia Dalma, who offers them the opportunity to rescue Captain Jack Sparrow from Davy Jones' Locker. She says they will need a captain, "who knows those waters," prompting the reappearance of Captain Barbossa, killed by Jack Sparrow in the first film and who has been resurrected. The film opens with the crew traveling to Singapore to steal a navigational chart from the Chinese pirate Sao Feng, which will lead them to the World's End before sailing over an enormous waterfall and into Davy Jones' Locker.[1] While imprisoned there, Jack Sparrow is confronted with the many facets of his character before being rescued by Will, Elizabeth and the crew.[2] Despite their mutual animosity and distrust. [3] Sparrow and Barbossa form an alliance when they discover a more sinister threat has arisen; Cutler Beckett, who now possesses the heart of Davy Jones, has begun purging piracy with the commanded assistance of Jones and the Flying Dutchman.[2] The world's pirates gather for a meeting known as the Brethren of the Coast, consiting of nine pirate lords,[4] including Sao Feng,[5] as the stage is set for a climactic battle between pirates, Davy Jones and his henchmen, the Royal Navy, and the East India Trading Company at an enormous whirlpool.

In the end, Will became the captain of the Flying Dutchman after Jones's death while Elizabeth waits for him for 10 years. Meanwhile Barbossa mutiny again against Jack but this time Sparrow stole the map of the fountain of youth from him making his mutiny pointless.[2]

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Production[edit | edit source]

Parts of the third film were shot during location filming of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest in 2005. A large tank was used in the Bahamas for filming scenes involving ships at sea, where most of the film takes place.[6] Production of Dead Man's Chest ended March 2006. Filming was unusual in that whilst shooting, the writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio had not finished the script. According to the writers, the rushing to complete it helped the actors give more spontaneous performances.[6] When the first fifty-seven pages of the script's early draft were leaked onto the Internet, they were quickly removed by Disney. Cowriter Ted Elliott stated on Disney's official Pirates of the Caribbean message board that, "there's already significant differences," between the early draft and actual shooting.[7]

Keith Richards, who was partially Johnny Depp's inspiration for his character, was cast as Jack Sparrow's father. Richards was finally confirmed by Verbinski to be joining the third film on June 23 2006.[8] Actor Bill Nighy said Richards filmed his scenes drunk.[9] Filming resumed on August third and continued until early 2007 for seventy days off the California coast.[10] Stage twelve of the Universal backlot was used for the floating Singapore set.[11] Other locations included the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah[12] and Niagara Falls.[13]

A Disney representative denied that At World's End would be the title of the third film in July 2006,[14] but on August 31 Rossio confirmed that the third film's title would be At World's End after all.[15] Filming finished in January 2007.[4] and the first assembly cut was three hours.[16]

Cast[edit | edit source]

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Marketing[edit | edit source]

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Original teaser poster for the film. The Chinese characters on the poster mean "Good luck, Captain Jack."

At the 2006 San Diego Comic-Con International, two minutes of footage was shown including Captain Jack Sparrow having to convince the crew to run back and forth on the shipdeck to rock a ship over and a fight between Sparrow and Davy Jones on top of a crow's nest in a storm.[18] After a muted publicity campaign, the trailer finally debuted at ShoWest 2007.[19] It was shown on March 18, 2007 at a special screening of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl named "Pirates Ultimate Fan Event". The trailer was shown on March 19 during Dancing with the Stars and debuted online afterwards.[20]

Action figures by NECA are set for release in late April.[21] Board games such as a Collectors Edition Chess Set, Monopoly Game and Pirates Dice Game (Liar's Dice) are set for release. Master Replicas have made sculptures of characters and replicas of jewelery and the Dead Man's Chest.[22] A video game with the same title as the film is scheduled for release on May 22 2007 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PSP, PlayStation 2, PC and Nintendo DS formats.[23]

The world premiere of the film will be held on May 19, 2007, at Disneyland, home of the ride that inspired the movie and where the first two films in the trilogy debuted. Disneyland is offering the general public a chance to attend the premiere through the sale of tickets, priced at $1,500 each, with proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation charity.[24]

In response to the massive weekend box office revenue of Spider-Man 3, Walt Disney Pictures decided to move the USA opening of At World's End from Friday, May 25, 2007 to Thursday at 8:00pm, May 24, 2007. This action was taken after seeing that Spider-Man 3 's weekend revenue grow to a massive $151.1 million, beating At World's End 's predecessor, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 's record of $139 million. By studying the statistics, they concluded that Spider-Man 3 's great success must have been due to its early showings at Midnight Friday, May 5, 2007.[25]

Sequel[edit | edit source]

Screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio have said they can only focus on creating a trilogy from the first film, and look forward to finishing the sequels. They do admit whilst a fourth film may happen, it is more likely that "for right now, the trilogy is designed to come to a conclusion."[26] Johnny Depp stated that he would love to play Jack Sparrow for another trilogy "if they had a good script."[27]

In February 2007, after filming was completed, Terry Rossio said they may try to write a screenplay, though "It's like the fourth Indiana Jones picture - there are forces in play to make it happen, and forces in play to make it not happen."[16] Director Gore Verbinski is aware that Walt Disney Pictures would like to keep the franchise going, but regarding his involvement, feels, "The big danger is diminishing the brand... it would have to be a tale worthy of telling."[28] Producer Jerry Bruckheimer was indicated interest in a spin-off.[29]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Davy Jones' Locker" Pirates of the Caribbean Official Site. Walt Disney Pictures. Retrieved on 2007-03-22.
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  3. Competing Captains. Yahoo!. Retrieved on 2007-03-20.
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  5. "The Blockbuster Preview 2007", Empire Issue 212, February 2007, pp. 72. 
  6. 6.0 6.1  (2006). According to Plan: The Harrowing and True Story of Dead Man's Chest [DVD]. Buena Vista.
  7. Major Script Spoilers for POTC 3. KeepToTheCode.com (2006-06-30). Retrieved on 2006-07-13.
  8. Jeff Otto. "Keith Richards Aboard Pirates 3", IGN, 2006-06-23. Retrieved on 2007-01-14. 
  9. Roger Friedman. "'Pirates 3': Keith Richards Rolls In", Fox News, 2006-09-21. Retrieved on 2007-01-14. 
  10. Jeff Otto. "Pirates 3 production details", IGN, 2006-06-28. Retrieved on 2006-10-30. 
  11. Scott Collura. "Designing Pirates", IGN, 2007-04-30. Retrieved on 2007-05-01. 
  12. "Captain Jack Sparrow Landed In Utah Last Week", KSL News, 2006-08-09. Retrieved on 2006-09-21. 
  13. "Third Pirates filmed at Niagara Falls", Coming Soon.net, 2006-10-30. Retrieved on 2006-10-30. 
  14. Jeff Otto. "Pirates 3 Gets a Name?", IGN, 2006-07-10. Retrieved on 2006-09-20. 
  15. "Pirates 3 Title Confirmed", IGN, 2006-09-01. Retrieved on 2006-09-20. 
  16. 16.0 16.1 "Exclusive interview: Terry Rossio", Moviehole, 2007-02-12. Retrieved on 2007-02-12. 
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  18. Brent. "Pirates of the Caribbean 3 Footage Revealed!", Comingsoon.net, 2006-07-23. Retrieved on 2007-01-14. 
  19. Edward Douglas. "Disney Kicks Off ShoWest Opening Ceremony", Comingsoon.net, 2007-03-13. Retrieved on 2007-03-13. 
  20. Walt Disney Pictures. "Pirates Trailer to Debut March 19!", Comingsoon.net, 2007-03-09. Retrieved on 2007-03-09. 
  21. Nisha Gopalan. "First Look! Toy Fair '07", Entertainment Weekly, 2007-02-09. Retrieved on 2007-02-09. 
  22. Edward Douglas. "Pirates of the Caribbean at Toy Fair '07!", Comingsoon.net, 2007-02-13. Retrieved on 2007-02-27. 
  23. Disney Interactive Studios. "Pirates to Set Sail on Consoles and Handhelds", Comingsoon.net, 2007-03-19. Retrieved on 2007-03-19. 
  24. The Disneyland Report. "Disneyland announces sale of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End premiere tickets", DisneylandReport.com, 2007-04-13. Retrieved on 2007-03-14. 
  25. Latinoreview.com Report. "See Pirates A Day Early", latinoreview.com, 2007-05-08. Retrieved on 2007-05-09. 
  26. Edward Douglas. "EXCL: The Swashbucklin' Pirates Writers!", Comingsoon.net, 2006-12-06. Retrieved on 2007-01-14. 
  27. Stax. "Depp on More Pirates", IGN, 2006-06-19. Retrieved on 2007-01-14. 
  28. Ian Nathan. "Pirates 3", Empire, 2007-04-27, pp. 92. Retrieved on 2007-05-02. 
  29. "Pirates of the Caribbean 4 Might Be a Spin-Off", USA Today, 2007-05-10. Retrieved on 2007-05-10. 

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