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The fourth movie in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, On Stranger Tides, wrapped production in November, and the first trailer will premiere on December 17 before showings of Tron: Legacy. While fans await On Stranger Tides' May 20, 2011, release, producer Jerry Bruckheimer is busy preparing two more sequels that, like 2006's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and 2007's Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, could be shot back-to-back.

Hitfix reports that Disney "has begun quietly telling cast and crew to set aside a major block of time in the very near future" so that they can shoot the next two movies, tentatively (and creatively) called Pirates 5 and Pirates 6.

The question such a large amount of shooting time raises is, when will Johnny Depp be available? In 2011, Depp is already shooting Dark Shadows (starting in April) and then is likely to re-team with director Gore Verbinski, the director of the previous three Pirates movies, sometime after that, but there's no denying that if the House of Mouse wants Captain Jack Sparrow to return, it'll get done.

Screenwriters Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot, the writers of all four previous Pirates movies, are likely to return and On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall could return as well, though Hitfix's report is anything but an official announcement from Disney. Once 'ol Brucks decides to formally discuss Pirates 5 and 6, we'll know more about who will be making it.

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