What Johnny Depp thinks was wrong with earlier Pirates movies and what could be in 4

When Disney announced it was full steam ahead on a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film, the biggest asset was Johnny Depp, returning as Captain Jack Sparrow. Director Gore Verbinski has said he would pass on the fourth film, and the screenplay and its writers are still up in the air. But that apparently doesn't matter, though, because all fans want is more Jack.

Depp—speaking in a press conference in Beverly Hills, Calif., where he was promoting Public Enemies—acknowledged that the previous sequels may have gone overboard with overly complicated stories and plots. "Not that I've seen the movies, but I hear tell," Depp said.

In response to that, Depp says there's no such thing as perfect cinema, but he considers another sequel just another chance at bat. "Call me a glutton," he joked. While he'd like the screenplay to be right, he feels Pirates 4 could be just about anything at this point.

"I'm trying to turn it into a Beckett play," Depp said, adding that perhaps Captain Jack could show up in a geisha costume. He's joking. We think.

The first movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, was based on the classic Disneyland theme park attraction. It introduced the character of Sparrow, a bumbling pirate whom Depp based in part on rocker Keith Richards. The massive success of the film led to back-to-back sequels, Dead Man's Chest and At World's End. The chance to see more Jack brought in the audience, despite complaints about the overly complicated storylines.

Now Depp says filmmakers are free to explore a lot of possible storylines, unhindered by the pesky need to tie up plot points. Pirates of the Caribbean 4 is in development with Jerry Bruckheimer films, aiming for a 2012 release.

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