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This Pirates of the Caribbean movie was made in a very disorganized way, which will make you shiver

It's possible that Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is one of the best action-adventure movies of the 2000s. It was based on a popular Disney theme park ride and came out in 2003. Other than two very disappointing versions, there was nothing else like it. It was a classic adventure story with a modern twist. The characters were recognizable, and everyone in the group gave great performances. Please don't forget what a huge hit the first movie was; it was like fire in a bottle, and not even the sequels could top it. There were a lot of great performances in this movie. Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow was a legend, Keira Knightley made everyone fall in love, Orlando Bloom got a huge boost after The Lord of the Rings, and Geoffrey Rush, Zoë Saldaña, and Jack Davenport kept the audience laughing.

Seeing that makes the fact that the movie almost didn't happen even stranger. Even though it wasn't as notoriously cursed as some other sets, making the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie was a mess from start to finish. An ambitious project with lots of big action scenes probably won't have the easiest days on set. Luckily, The Curse of the Black Pearl doesn't have any scary supernatural backstories or serious injuries, so it doesn't get the bad reputation that movies like The Exorcist and The Wizard of Oz do. Even though the cast and crew of this ship weren't looking for trouble, they found it everywhere they turned.

Michael Eisner is an executive at Disney. 'The Curse of the Black Pearl' Was Not True

Gore Verbinski directed Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, and Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Stuart Beattie, and Jay Wolpert wrote it. From the start, they were the favorites. Even the idea of making a pirate movie was risky, since most people thought the genre was dead after Cutthroat Island, which came out in 1995 and was a huge disappointment. The movie was also based on a theme park attraction, which the company has failed to do three times before, most recently with Mission to Mars (2000) and Tower of Terror (1997). Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was supposed to be a direct-to-DVD movie, like a Disney animated sequel. This shows that the studio and Michael Eisner, who was CEO at the time, didn't believe in the idea.

The creation of the movie was very up and down because of this, and Eisner wanted to stop everything more than once. He thought that the movie's PG-13 rating, which it would get because The Curse of the Black Pearl was Disney's first PG-13 movie, would scare off young people. Besides that, he believed that teens would not like a version of the silly ride at Disneyland. Author James B. Stewart says that the budget was also a problem because Eisner wouldn't give the team the big budget they needed to make a movie that would compete. The Country Bears Movie, another Disney park adaptation that came out in 2002, bombed at the box office. Eisner almost stopped production again, but Verbisnki and his team talked him out of it.

Something else that was a big problem was how Depp played Captain Jack Sparrow. Hugh Jackman was first considered for the lead part, and the idea for the character was a pretty standard cool pirate. He thought that because pirates were like rock stars in their time, giving the part more of a psychedelic edge would make it more relatable to modern audiences. Depp would play Errol Flynn as Keith Richards. The studio wasn't pleased or even sure what to think of Depp's performance at first. They kept going with it anyway, and Verbinski was given $140 million to work with. But money doesn't fix everything, and this was just the start of a rough ride.

It was hard to film "The Curse of the Black Pearl" because of motion sickness and a tight schedule.

People who know a lot about making movies could tell that making a pirate movie would be hard because some of it had to be shot out at sea. Whether they're building a set on the ocean for Waterworld or using a controlled body of water for The Abyss, shooting in water is usually a bad time for the cast and team. At best, they have to deal with a lot of problems, and at worst, they get hurt. Most people like the ocean, but they shouldn't be near it for a long time, and expensive film tools shouldn't be there either. Also, the team only had five months to make the movie on location in St. Vincent, which is an island in the Caribbean. Keira Knightley was only 17 years old when the movie was shot, which added to the problems. This meant that her mother had to be at every shoot, and greasy pirates twice her age had to flirt with the young actor. Johny Depp says in the movie's audio introduction that this made him feel 100 years old.

The DVD audio commentary and the behind-the-scenes documentary An Epic At Sea: The Making of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl both have different stories from the shoot. There's a short commentary by Knightley and Davenport and a full commentary by Verbinski and Depp. What they have to say about the time they spent shooting is very interesting. In September 2002, for example, a fire broke out on one of the sets before the main filming even started. It caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage, but luckily no one was hurt.

Keira Knightley got stuck on a reef while filming the first "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie.

But when they got to filming "The Curse of the Black Pearl," the ocean was the most difficult boss. People who lived on the islands knew that filming at night on the reef was not a good idea. Keira Knightley and her mother got stuck on a reef and had to wait for help for almost an hour. On set, people got very seasick, and the medicine that was supposed to help them fell asleep very quickly, which made it very hard to work. Still, they didn't give up, and they started shooting at night on a set that was closed off.

The movie had a very tight shooting schedule, so the crew had to keep shooting all the time to stay on track. This led to a lot of mistakes that no one seemed to notice, like crew members being visible in the frame. The final cut was finished four months before the launch, and Gore Verbinski is said to have worked 18-hour days to make the edit. It was a tough test of filming, but it paid off in the end. The movie came out on time, didn't hurt anyone badly, and was a huge hit.

The hard work that went into making the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie made both the movie and the people who worked on it better. Everyone on the team worked together to make something truly amazing, even though they were always afraid that Michael Eisner would kill the idea. There were times when this writer wondered if the crazy production story was worth it for the end result. But in the case of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, there's no doubt that it was. Will the new version be able to bring back that magic? Time will tell. It was a real treasure of a movie, though, thanks to Verbinski, the cast, and the team who worked hard and took every risk.