Wolpert-penned pic 'Pirates' inspired by ride

Jerry Bruckheimer has come aboard to produce “Pirates of the Caribbean,” which he will make through his Disney-based Jerry Bruckheimer Films.

Details are still being worked out, but pic is being budgeted with the studio hoping to shoot in the Caribbean next year. Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group prexy Nina Jacobson and VP of production Brigham Taylor are overseeing project for the studio.

Penned by Jay Wolpert, feature’s inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean Disneyland ride, which is the second attraction that’s inspired a Mouse House feature: The Country Bear Jamboree has spawned the Mark Perez-penned comedy “Country Bears,” with a sequel to “Bears” already in the works at the studio.

Bruckheimer is also prepping “The Veronica Guerrin Story” for a February shoot, with Joel Schumacher attached to helm and Cate Blanchett to star.

Revolution Studios’ Bruckheimer-produced actioner “Black Hawk Down,” directed by Ridley Scott, will be released by Sony for a limited Oscar qualifying run Dec. 28. Pic will open in two theaters in both L.A. and New York before expanding to 2,500 screens Jan. 18.

Disney has also skedded a June 7 release date for the Anthony Hopkins/Chris Rock starrer “Bad Company,” which Touchstone Pictures postponed from its original December release date due to content issues related to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Pic, directed by Schumacher and produced by Bruckheimer, centers on a black-market nuclear weapon and humorous CIA hijinks.

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