‘On Stranger Tides’ and the Origins of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 4’

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is apparently going to be very loosely based on a 1987 Tim Powers novel of the same name. The novel’s Fountain of Youth storyline will be incorporated into the film as stated from the Los Angeles Times. Powers confirms it:

“I’ve watched all the movies several times, of course, and I think the clear thing they would use is the trip to the Fountain of Youth,” Powers said. “My main character doesn’t overlap with Jack Sparrow at all [in personality or circumstance]; they’re totally different characters. I suppose they might overlap the Geoffrey Rush character Barbossa and Blackbeard. The only thing I feel certain they will hold on to is the Fountain of Youth since they telegraphed that at the end of the last movie.”

Co-writer Terry Rossio also comments in Empire magazine:

“We wanted to do a story about Blackbeard and the Fountain of Youth, and Tim Powers wrote a book about Blackbeard and the Fountain of Youth… it just turns out that to do that story you would need that book. It’s a brilliant and Tim Powers is an amazing writer – and it’s a great title. It allows us to draw material from that universe and his expertise.”

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides sails its way to theaters in the summer of 2011.

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