Disney Hires Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Writer For Pirates of the Caribbean 5

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I’m one of those people who thinks the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise should have ended a while ago but seeing as how they are cash cows at the international box office, they’re still being churned out. The most recent news on that front is a writer has been chosen for Pirates 5. His credits include Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull and Speed 2: Cruise Control

Jeff Nathanson is the lucky writer. For the record, he also wrote Catch Me If You Can, which I thought was a good film but with those other two credits on his resume, my hopes aren’t high. (He also did Rush Hour 2 and 3.)

The last oceanic outing, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, made over $1 billion dollars worldwide so there’s no question as to why they’d make a fifth film. Johnny Depp’s cohorts Kiera Knightly and Orlando Bloom didn’t return for the last one although Geoffrey Rush did. Penélope Cruz, Ian McShane, and Sam Claflin were added to the cast.

No word yet on who will make up the team for Pirates 5, Depp hasn’t even officially signed on yet, but Claflin is going to be busy for a while with Hunger Games shoots. I think it’s safe to say it won’t happen without Depp though.

(via Collider)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” (TheNerdyBird.com). She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."