Is “Pirates 4″ An Adaptation Or Not?

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Last month ComingSoon had speculated that the “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” the fourth film in the successful franchise would be based on a 1987 novel by Tim Powers that used the same title (“On Stranger Tides,” not “Pirates of the Caribbean”). Now word comes that Disney optioned the book a few years ago. So is it based on it or not? “Pirates” screenwriter Terry Rossio tells Empire…sort of:

“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. I don’t know if its proper to say it’s based on it but there are enough common elements to think that the book had to be optioned to us to reasonably proceed along that story line.”

So in other words, Disney bought the book as a pre-emptive strike against any cries of plagiarism from Powers, and now are taking advantage of their rights by more boldly borrowing material. Do you have the same suspicion that I do, that once the “Pirates” movies became hits, Disney quietly went around buying up the rights to every pirate-themed book it could find?


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