Johnny Depp’s Movie Crew Appreciates Lush Garden Island
When executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer was in Kauai filming the fourth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, he sent this note to his Twitter account: “We have found some incredible shoot locations in Hawaii.”
Filming of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides began on Kauai on July 14. When Kauai filming was completed the cast and crew proceeded onto Oahu for one month of filming there.
In September, Depp and Cruz went to Isla Verde in a private jet to film the movie’s final scenes on the islands of Palominitos and Palomino in Fajardo. Before that they were in Los Angeles shooting for one week after two months in the Hawaiian Islands.
With a budget of more than $180 million for the production, this fourth installment of the Pirates series is being filmed in 3D and it will be shown in theaters in Disney Digital 3D. The filming is being done with 3D cameras and not be converted to 3D in post-production as was done for Alice in Wonderland.
New in this latest Pirates of the Caribbean adventure are mermaids, including French actress Astrid Berges-Frisbey as the alluring mermaid Syrena.
The elaborate “Mermaid Lagoon” movie set was built 15 feet high with pools and waterfalls at Kawela Bay near the Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s north shore at a cost of about one half million dollars. This may also be the “Fountain of Youth.”
The plot of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, according to Disney, involves Captain Jack Sparrow crossing paths with a woman (Penelope Cruz) from his past, and he is unsure if they have love or if she is deceiving him in order to find the Fountain of Youth.
She forces him to go aboard the ship Queen Anne’s Revenge, which is the ship of the pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane). Adventure ensues!
During filming the local news showed footage of Blackbeard’s pirate ship off of Oahu’s coast. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is expected to be released on May 20, 2011.
For more information about Hollywood on the Garden Island see Movies Filmed on Kauai.