Wild about ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’

Cook discusses franchise's future at preem

Their feverish race to finish f/x behind them, “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” filmmakers had one more gantlet to cross Saturday: a red carpet lined with thousands of fans.

Pirate lovers eager for a moment — however fleeting — with the pic’s stars, director and even its producer, shrieked out their names as they traversed Disneyland’s Main Street en route to the bow. Disney chieftain Dick Cook hit the carpet early, starting his journey at 4:30 p.m. to hit as many outlets as possible before the stars began their glad-handing.

“It’s nice to see the fans, but it’s a bit mad for my taste,” said helmer Gore Verbinski, who admitted the sequels were getting harder to make “because you constantly have to go back and try and find that thing you did the first time when nobody expected anything.”

Once preemgoers made their way to the carpet’s end, they could partake of a pre-screening spread, and their choice of non-alcoholic beverages — even at premieres, there’s no booze at Disneyland — while Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom mingled with fans. Most didn’t linger at the party, grabbing a quick bite before moving on.

After the pic finished unspooling, just before midnight, to a flurry of fireworks, most quickly exited the park, gift bags in tow. It was up to its creators to weigh even more “Pirates” in their future.

“It was very, very hard to make two and three together, and I think we’ll catch our breath,” Cook said, “and if we can create a great story and a great idea, I think we’re all game to come back and do it again.”

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