‘Pirates of the Caribbean 4′ Is Gonna Need a Smaller Boat

Uh-oh; Johnny Depp might just have to supply his own rum on the set of the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

Due to the budget cutbacks that have been sweeping Hollywood lately, Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides, will have a dramatically smaller budget than its predecessors—at least a third less than that of its most recent predecessor, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. The scaled-back production will mean fewer shooting days for the movie and, perhaps more distressing, fewer visual effects.

What, eliminating Orlando Bloom and Kiera Knightley’s salaries wasn’t enough?

According to producer Jerry Bruckheimer, the belt-tightening comes at the order of new Disney studio chairman Rich Ross:

“He wants to be mean and lean and make these movies very entertaining but also very cost effective.”

Among the changes: Jack Sparrow will now be spending more time on land than on sea, since it’s more expensive to shoot on the water. Shooting days overall will be slashed down to 95 tops, whereas Pirates 3 took 142 days to shoot. And it’s expected that there will only be between 1,300 and 1,400 visual-effects shots, down from 2,000.

Maybe Disney can hit Depp up for some extra cash? He seems to be throwing it around these days.

On the plus side, at least the movie’s getting made. Unlike some recently axed productions. Even so, will a scaled-down Pirates be the same? Share your thoughts in the comments section!