Batten down the hatches and man the sails, director Gore Verbinski has informed Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer that he will not helm the fourth film of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise.
The installment is supposed to set in 2010 with Johnny Depp returning as Captain Jack Sparrow.
But Verbinksi is still working with Depp with his animated flick "Rango" for Paramount Pictures. The actor is voicing the title character. The flick will come out on March 2011.
When asked what he really thinks of the $2.6 billion worldwide-grossing "Pirates" franchise? Verbinski revealed:
"I had a fantastic time bringing 'Pirates' to life, and I am eternally grateful to Jerry, Johnny and the rest of the creative and production team," Verbinski said. "I'm looking forward to all of us crossing paths again in the future."
The director will next focus all his energy to adapting the bestselling videogame "Bioshock" for Universal Pictures.
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