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Sources report that actor Johnny Depp is nearing the final stages of negotiations to reprise his character of Capt. Jack Sparrow for a fifth 'Pirates of the Caribbean' film. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer has been working on a possible script for the fifthquel (second part of a second trilogy? is there an actual term for that? A "pentaquel", maybe?) and after several drafts and improvements, it appears that Depp is satisfied enough with the film to proceed with negotiations.
The fourth 'Pirates' movie - 'On Stranger Tides' - just recently surpassed one billion dollars worldwide, so it should come as no surprise that both Bruckheimer and Disney want to keep this particular money train rolling. While the film had a lukewarm reception here in the states, the viewing audience voted with their dollars and made the fourth outing a financial success. Plus, it behooves Depp to continue on with the franchise, seeing as how the films have netted him a whopping $350 million dollars overall.
While Disney has yet to respond or comment, with a series that has brought nearly 4 billion dollars to the studio, there is little doubt that - should Depp agree - they would instantly make another film, possibly even two. In the meantime, you can see Depp in the next Bruckheimer/Disney collaboration as Tonto in the forthcoming revamp of 'The Lone Ranger'.