– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Pirates of the Caribbean has always been one of those franchises that could go on forever. Sure, audiences could easily tire of these movies, but as far as stories go, like the Marvel and DC films, the plot can pretty go in any direction the studio wants for about as long as they want. After the events in the first trilogy culminated in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, there really was no reason to go back. But they did, and regardless of how dull the On Stranger Tides was, it made money.

Now, six years later, we’re getting another film in the form of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. As is with most films these days, we half expected this to a start to another series of films, but in the recent trailer for the film, it was implied that it may actually be the last film in the franchise.

If you haven’t seen the trailer yourself (you can see it above), the text stated, “The Final Adventure Begins.”

So what does this mean? Speaking with CinemaBlend, the film’s co-director Joachim Rønning if this means that the film will be the last one. His response wasn’t all too enlightening.

“It’s difficult to ever know. I think that there’s always… this is the beginning of the finale. [laughs] It depends on how you look at it. But I never take anything for granted, and I love the franchise. These kinds of movies, they remind me of the kind of movies I grew up with, those kind of adventure movies that made me want to become a filmmaker. So for me to be able to be a part of this and direct a Pirates of the Caribbean is a dream come true. But I don’t know if it’s the last one, or if they’ll make another ten of them — I don’t know! But I hope so!”

In our reaction video to the trailer, I even pointed out that there are many ways this could be interpreted. So long as you specify that it’s “the beginning” of the end, then you always have license to go back and add more to it later.

With all that in mind, one has to wonder why they had opted to include it in the marketing at all. Had this been the latest in a series of films that had consistently come out over the past several years, then we’d understand. Heck, if it had been the first film in ten or twenty years, it would make sense. But to have it come up in the first film in around six years…it’s a little perplexing. I suppose like with all movie franchises, the big deciding factor will be the box office. If this one only makes $100 million worldwide, you can bet your ass it’ll be the “final adventure.”

What do you think? Will this be the final Pirates of the Caribbean movie? Let us know your thoughts down below!

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales hits theaters on December 25, 2018.

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SOURCE: CinemaBlend

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.