Audiences set sail on a brand new adventure with Captain Jack Sparrow and a crew of new friends with the release of Disney‘s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Directing the latest installment of the Pirates franchise were Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, who discussed the influence the first film had on the script for Dead Men Tell No Tales and the importance of creating a backstory for Jack Sparrow during an interview with Collider.
Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg elobrated on how the first film influenced their approach to the fifth, particularly regarding how much screen time each character should be given.
“That was definitely part of the script, but that was also what we did when we developed the script, after we got on the project. It is important, and we did analyze the first movie because of that. One of the things that’s interesting is that you have this young couple that are the leads and that are driving the story, and they have an arc. It’s a serious, if fantastical, pirate story, and then Jack Sparrow crashes the party and weird things happen, but he doesn’t have an arc. He’s the spice of the story.”
Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg added that while Jack may not have a character arc in the film, it was important to develop a backstory for his character that tied to main villain’s motivations.
“But we wanted to give something to the audience anyways, so we created this backstory about how Jack becomes Jack the Sparrow, and in that, we also tied in Salazar to make sure that we had a villain and a conflict that was personal. That was also a way to get the balance right.”
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Directed by Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales stars Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Kaya Scodelario, Brenton Thwaites, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush and Keira Knightley.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is now playing in theaters!