Disney is holding a big convention this week and has been making various announcements. One of them was the title for the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie:
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
I have to think there's no way it's just coincidence that it shares a name with Tim Powers' novel, especially considering the Fountain of Youth was heavily hinted at in the last Pirates film and it's a major part of Powers' book. Unless the script so closely resembled the book that Disney thought it safer to buy the rights to avoid any legal problems.
September 14th, 2009, 08:08 AM
It seems there is an unsubstantiated rumour Powers has actually sold the rights to Disney
As much as I would like to see On Stranger Tides or one of Tim Powers other works adapted for the screen I don't quite like the idea of it being shoehorned into a pre-existing and flaccid franchise. If there is any connection to the Powers book the odds are the makers will just lift one or two concepts from the book and that's it. Still, it would be nice if it raised the profile of Powers.
September 14th, 2009, 12:39 PM
Yes, Cheryl Morgan's also mentioned this, on Saturday: LINK. (http://www.cheryl-morgan.com/?p=6266)
It would be nice to see Tim get something out of this, for he's a jolly nice fellow by all accounts.
September 18th, 2009, 12:00 AM
Has anybody actually asked Powers if that's the case? I don't see exactly how they'd use the novel's story, which is essentially a coming of age pirate tale, for Jack Sparrow. But Powers did apparently sell the movie rights to his novel to Disney, which means they could use whatever pieces of it they want if that deal is still in effect or has been renewed. Since Powers has excellent stuff, that might make for a decent plot, even if it's cannibalized. But it might also be that because they own the rights to the title for film, they just borrowed the title.