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"Pirates of the Caribbean" eyes Baton Rouge

January 8, 2010

Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow

Walt Disney has its eyes on Baton Rouge as a possible location to film the next "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie. Several sources said Disney is strongly considering Baton Rouge as a location to shoot "Pirates of the Caribbean:  On Stranger Tides." The movie is set to star Johnny Depp.

One source said Disney is considering using the Baton Rouge River Center for a five-month period starting in May to shoot portions of the movie there. A check of the River Center's online schedule shows the facility's calendar is clear for those months. Officials at the River Center would not comment on the possibility of the movie being shot at their facility.

Chris Stelly, Director of Film and Television with Louisiana Film and Television, said he could not "confirm nor deny" the possibility, but acknowledged Disney has been looking at Baton Rouge as a possible location for the movie.

"We are competing on a global scale for all projects that come out of Hollywood so it would not surprise me," Stelly said. "I've not heard officially that they were coming, but I know that they are looking around."

One source said a formal announcement could be coming in the next several weeks. The same source cautioned that just because a deposit has been placed on a certain facility, it is no assurance that the movie would be filmed there.

Disney announced last November that it has offered Depp $55 million to return as Captain Jack Sparrow in the movie.

 

Source: Channel 9

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