HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The news that the fourth "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie will be filmed in Hawaii has resulted in a lot of intense interest in the picture. And no wonder. State officials estimate an $85 million economic injection.
Hawaii has more than a thousand people who work part-time, but often, as self-employed contractors on movie shoots.
The actual filming is scheduled for this summer on both Oahu and Kauai. Then the movie is scheduled for release in the summer of next year, which coincidentally is when Walt Disney, the maker of the film, plans to open its Ko'olina resort.
Look for some sort of tie-in. After all, the movie series itself is based on a ride that opened at Disneyland in 1967 and was later replicated at Disneyworld, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris.
Now, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley both decided not to return for the fourth film, effectively ending the story line of their romance. But in addition to Johnny Deep reprising his role, Geoffrey Rush has agreed again to play Barbossa. Rob Marshall, who will direct the fourth pirates movie, directed the musical film "Chicago" as well as "Memoirs of a Geisha."
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