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"At World's End" promises to be the biggest & boldest installment of Disney's "Pirates" series yet

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So last week, I'm wandering around the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, trying to scope out all of the cool Disney-related stuff that's on display at the American International Toy Fair (Take -- for example -- these truly beautiful "Pirates of the Caribbean" sculptures that National Entertainment Collectibles Association will begin selling later this Spring) ...

Copyright 2007 NECA

... When he-who-can-not-be-named (Out of concern that Disney's lawyers will then find him & smite him) lurches up to me and says "Oh my God! It's huge!"

To which I reply: "Yes, I know. That's why Dr. Siroty is putting me a diet next week. No more cheesecake. No more pizza. It's all very depressing ... "

He-who-can-not-be-named interrupts, saying "No. Not you, dumb-ass. 'Pirates 3' ! Disney's pulled out the stops on this one. They've gone completely over-the-top with 'At World's End.' People are going to freak when they see this film. There's epic sea battles, killer special effects ... "

Now it's my turn to interrupt: "What about the story? Do they bring the trilogy to a satisfying conclusion?"

He-who-can-not-be-named then smiles and says "It's a really great story. Do you want to hear it?" And right there in the middle of Aisle 3700 on the lower level of the Javits center, my pal spills what he knows about "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End."

And he's right. It really is a fitting conclusion to Disney's "Pirates" trilogy. And if you want to go to your local multiplex in little more than three months time and see "At World's End" unspoiled ... Now is the time to bail out of this particular JHM article. For I'm about to reveal the bulk of the plot for this new Gore Verbinksi film.

Copyright 2007 NECA

I'm not kidding, folks. If you continue reading this article, you won't be surprised by much of what you see when "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" opens at a theater near you on May 25th.


Okay. You can't say that I didn't warn you:


In the third installment of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series, Will, Elizabeth and Capt'n Jack Sparrow are once again thrown together for a showdown between the fiercely independent Pirate Lords from around the world and the all powerful East India Trading Company led by the mysterious & cunning Lord Cutler Beckett. With possession of Davey Jones's chest, Beckett is now able to use Jones and his ship the Flying Dutchman to further his plans of ridding the open seas of all Pirates. In response to this growing threat, the Pirate Lords call for a secret meeting at Shipwreck Cove.

Newly returned from the other side, Capt'n Barbossa agrees to help Will and Elizabeth rescue Jack who is now trapped in a very strange afterworld known as Davey Jones's Locker. This unlikely trio makes their way to the exotic Far East where they meet Captain Sao Feng, the Pirate Lord of Singapore, and retrieve a special map that will then show them the way to Davey Jones's Locker.

Copyright 2007 NECA

Their course ultimately leads them to the edge of the world where their ship sails over a giant waterfall and comes crashing down through the darkness and literally into another dimension. There, Will, Elizabeth and Barbossa meet a somewhat bewildered Jack Sparrow still on board his beloved ship the Black Pearl, which is now stranded in the middle of a vast desert. Using reverse logic, Jack figures out a way to sail the Black Pearl back to the world of the living, where they are immediately set upon by Beckett and Davey Jones.

After a series of plot twists and turns, Jack, Barbossa, Will and Elizabeth ultimately end up at Shipwreck Cove for the meeting of the Pirate Lords. During this meeting, the Pirate Lords agree to fight together against the approaching armada of ships led by Beckett and Davey Jones. The story's thrilling conclusion unfolds in a huge sea battle between the massive fleet of the East India Trading Company and the Pirate Lords led by Jack, Will and Elizabeth, who while outnumbered and outgunned, possess a secret weapon so powerful yet so unpredictable that both sides may be lost in this final confrontation for ultimate control of the open seas.

Mind you, this is just the bare bones version of "At World's End" 's plot, folks. As always, Ted Elliot & Terry Rossio have served up some truly memorable dialogue (EX: There's one high speed exchange between Capt'n Jack and two floozies on the waterfont that really has to be seen to be believed). Plus stunts that try & top everything that you've already seen in "The Curse of the Black Pearl" & "Dead Man's Chest" (I.E. Sparrow actually uses a cannon to blast himself from one ship to the next. Saying to his cohort as he lights the fuse, "It's a good thing that I'm mad. Because otherwise this plan would never work").

Plus epic swordfights high up in the rigging as full-sized ships spin around the edge of this impossible huge whirlpool ... As he-who-can-not-be-named put it:

"You can't say that Disney & Jerry Bruckheimer stinted on this one. They wanted 'At World's End' to be the blockbuster that tops all of the other blockbusters this summer and that's what they got. A movie that you have to see at least twice in order to take in all of the special effects and the great performances."

Copyright 2007 Disney Enterprises, Inc.

That description makes 'At World's End' sound like a hell of a film, don't you think? And NECA's sculpts of the characters from this final installment of the "Pirates" trilogy are pretty cool too.

So now that you know the basic shape of the plot of this Walt Disney Pictures release, are you less likely or more likely to go see "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" ? Your thoughts?

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  • Any word on when a trailer will be out?  The movie comes out this summer and we haven't seen a single clip yet.  I wonder if they're running behind schedule.

  • The whole time I was reading the plot, I had Davey Jones in mind instead of Barbosa...I was wondering why he teamed up with Captain Jack, Elizabeth, and Will.  Silly me.  The "Pirates" films aren't my favorite, but, since I saw the other 2, I'll be seeing this one.  I wonder if the monkey will be back...

  • Forget the monkey.  He'll be back if Barbossa is back.  What about the dog?  We have got to have some resolution there. I can't wait to see this movie!  Perhaps the new trailer will be out with Meet the Robinsons.  May can't be here soon enough.  With this and Spider-Man, I am aready geeking out.

  • I'm most interested in the Barbossa backstory. How did he come back, and why would he help Jack? What's in it for him? I can't wait to see a trailer for this.

  • I want a Trailer...or a website...or ANYTHING. Pirates 2 had a website out in January 2006, and the trailer aired with the Super Bowl. And Pirates 2 wasn't coming out until July. Pirates 3 comes out May and well... we've got some concept art, a teaser poster, and six promo images (one of which is my avatar). Originally the trailer was supposed to come out with The Santa Clause 3. It didn't so then it was Night At The Museum. That didn't work out either. Then they looked at Ghost Rider and Bridge to Terebithia. No trailers yet. The trailer had better come out with Meet the Robinsons... or unfortunately PotC3 won't get enough publicity.

  • Is the secret weapon "love" :) ?  Hope not.

  • This film is so gonna rock. I hope it's a great ending to a great trilogy. (Although, since Johnny Depp has stated that he'll do the Sparrow character as long as Disney wants to make films about it, who knows if this third installment will really be the "End"? ;)

  • I am sure that the lack of Pirates publicity thus far won't hurt this movie.  There is way too much anticipation with this flick that people will go flocking to it that first weekend.  I loved the first two so much I will be there at least twice that first weekend just to make sure that it make the money it deserves.  

  • When stuff DOES actually come out for this film, I really hope dumb people don't think that it's a continuation of advertising for the second film...sadly, there are actually people like that...

  • Oh and apparently Jack's dad makes Jack and Elizabeth get married... I got that from IMDB forums-it might not be true.

  • Wow, so the finale is a live-action version of The Little Mermaid's big set piece?

    Jim, dude, you are way-overplaying this.  Congrats on the inside info and thanks for sharing it.  But was part of the deal that you had to gush over Pirates 3 before even seing it?

  • Misterjohnson:

    You would be gushing to if you heard it as well I assure you. I know I would.  Jim is just like us. a geek at heart and of curse he's going to be excited about sharing this with us.  

  • "There's one high speed exchange between Capt'n Jack and two floozies on the waterfont that really has to be seen to be believed."    and yet, unless they were showing the film on the convention hall floor, it hasn't been seen.  Otherwise, very surprising stuff - I had no idea they'd try to have more special effects in this movie. I was expecting more of a Merchant Ivory-type film, very low-key, primarily a character study. Even without seeing it, here's another spoiler - the version released to theatres will still need about 30 minutes edited out of it. Hopefully, it will be another blockbuster - after the latest court case, Disney Co has a lot of past-due Pooh license fees they need to pay off.

  • Wow. Well, at least curmudgeon lives up to his screenname.

    This isn't overplaying at all. I've been waiting for months for ANY concrete info on this movie, and here it finally is. Now about that trailer...

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End is going to basicaly rule this summer.

    The first Pirates film was amazing, astonishing, with an over the top story! It was my favorite until now.

    The Second Pirates film was also amazing, and astonishing special-effects wise, but the story was a bit overrated.

    The Thirs Pirates film is looking up to be one of the biggest films in my lifetime. Not only I'm sure Disney is going all out to make sure this film is a huge success, I'm pretty sure Disney will market this film just right, and its most probable that by the beginning of May we'll be able to get our hands on almost ANYTHING Pirates. Yes, Disney will also go all out in publicity for this movie I'm sure. The trailer will be amazing, like the trailer for the second movie was. I have very high hopes for this film. Spiderman 3 though is very solid competition, as for Shrek 3, its sure to be a hit, but the poor Ogre will be severely shot down by this behemoth, Disney is bringing out the big guns.

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