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Disney Taps CATCH ME IF YOU CAN Writer for PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 5

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Disney has officially hired CATCH ME IF YOU CAN writer Jeff Nathanson to pen the upcoming PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 5, Variety has reported.

Jerry Bruckheimer has reportedly signed on to repise his role as producer, with series star Johnny Depp believed to be returning as Captain Jack Sparrow.

The script and plot points are being kept under wraps for now. Additionally, Variety reports that there's no word as to whether previous stars, including Keira Knightley, Penelope Cruz, and Geoffrey Rush, will sign on.

THE PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN series has had immense financial success both domestically and globally. The last film in franchise, 2011's ON STRANGER TIDES, took in over $1 billion internationally.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES opened in theaters on May 20, 2011. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Rob Marshall, this new episode from the legendary saga captures the fun, adventure and humor that ignited the hit franchise-this time in Disney Digital 3D.

Johnny Depp returned to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in an action-packed tale of truth, betrayal, youth and demise. When Jack crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz), he's not sure if it's love-or if she's a ruthless con artist who's using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn't know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past.

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