In his day Gore Verbinski, director of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl’, said that Hans Zimmer did not give a penny for the saga. According to the famous composer no one would watch a pirate movie, an opinion that, we now discover, is shared by Keira Knightley.
It is told by Richard Curtis, director of Love Actually during the special that celebrates the 20th anniversary of this romantic-Christmas film. The director, in conversation with online ETassures that the female star of the highly successful franchise headed by Johnny Depp, I didn’t give a penny for the pirate project.
“I remember that [durante el rodaje de ‘Love Actually’] I sat down with Keira and said, ‘What are you going to do now?’ And she replied: ‘I don’t think it’s going to work. It’s a pirate movie and they always flop‘”. Knightley, like Zimmer, was very clear that Disney’s attempt to turn one of its most beloved Disneyland attractions into a movie hit would be in vain.
What both predicted as an epic prick became one of the biggest wins in studio history with a first film grossing more than $650 million worldwide and originate a saga with five films (for the moment). 794 million grossed worldwide for its latest installment, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge’, a film that currently does not have a continuation on the horizon. Margot Robbie was going to lead a project that has finally gone downhill, and Depp’s return as franchise leader has remained a rumor.
“Worst Idea Ever”
What many would describe as “worst idea ever” hit the target, but not before making nervous “to all the world”. “It involved making a movie in a genre that literally doesn’t work, or there’s plenty of historical evidence that it won’t work. So you make everyone nervous. The studio was nervous. Everyone was nervous about Johnny Depp’s performance and about the story… He had a crazy spirit“recalls Verbinski, assuring that for him that sounded like a challenge.
Almost two decades later, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ remains among the favorite sagas of many viewers, especially adventure fans who defend not finding that unique spirit in other proposals of the style. Will we see a sixth installment one day?