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‘The Last of Us’ Writer Penned the Next Pirates of the Caribbean Movie—And It’s Apparently “Weird”

‘The Last of Us’ Writer Penned the Next Pirates of the Caribbean Movie—And It’s Apparently “Weird”

A new Pirates of the Caribbean movie is getting ready to set sail — and it might be one of the weirdest ones yet (which is saying a lot).

Craig Mazin, a writer for the Emmy-nominated The Last of Us and Chernobyl, is teaming up with long-time Pirates veteran Ted Elliott, who worked on the franchise’s previous films Curse of the Black Pearl and On Stranger Tides, to write a story featuring a younger cast than past editions.

Speaking with the L.A. Times, Mazin shared that he was unsure if he’d get the green light on the project from the studio because the story was so out there.

“We pitched it and thought there’s no way they’re buying it, it’s too weird,” Mazin said. “And they did! Then we wrote a fantastic script and the strike happened and everyone’s waiting around.”

While the studio is figuring out how to navigate the uncharted waters of the writers and actors’ strikes, producer Jerry Bruckheimer has shared a few more details about the upcoming project, saying they were also “very close” to a new Pirates movie that may or may not include Margot Robbie.

“I think we’re getting very close on that one, too. We have a very good script,” Bruckheimer told The Hollywood Reporter last December. “We developed two of them — the one with Margot Robbie and one with a younger cast. The Margot Robbie one needs a little more work. The younger cast one is close. Hopefully we’ll get both of them.”

Bruckheimer said he hasn’t given up hope yet for Robbie’s Pirates movie.

“It’s alive for me,” Bruckheimer said. “It’s alive for Disney. I’m sure [Robbie] was disappointed it didn’t go first — or maybe not because she’s very busy, so it might be a blessing to push this a bit. We believe we’ll get it made. It’s a very strong story.”

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