Guess what? Johnny Depp is coming to Kauai. The next installment of the Pirates franchise is being shot on Oahu and Kauai this summer. I might just have to make a trip over.
From Pacific Biz:
The fourth installment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie franchise will be filmed in Hawaii this summer, state officials said Monday.
“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” starring Johnny Depp, will film on Kauai and Oahu this summer, Bob Iger, president and CEO of The Walt Disney Co., told Gov. Linda Lingle on Friday, Lingle’s office said.
The film production is expected to generate an estimated $85 million in direct and indirect spending in the state, and is expected to create hundreds of jobs for local residents. The movie is scheduled to be released in summer 2011.
“We’ve always sought out the most extraordinary and exotic locations for the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ films,” producer Jerry Bruckheimer said in a statement, “and previously shot briefly on both Maui and Molokai for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.’ Hawaii provides an amazing range of both land and seascapes, and we’re delighted to return for ‘On Stranger Tides.’”
Disney plans to open its first Hawaii resort at Ko Olina in 2011. The company’s ABC network is wrapping up production on the final season of its hit TV series “Lost” after nearly six years in Hawaii.