Depp Pitches Next Installment Of 'Pirates' Franchise

Captain Jack Sparrow made a surprise appearance Thursday at Comic-Con International. Johnny Depp, the long-haired star of Pirates of the Caribbean spoke to fans via video. He was promoting the fourth installment of the franchise, which is due out next May.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

And our last word in business comes from none other than Captain Jack Sparrow, who made a surprise appearance at Comic-Con yesterday.

(Soundbite of cheers)

Mr. JOHNNY DEPP (Actor): Hello, boys and girls, or whatever.

MONTAGNE: The long-haired star of "Pirates of the Caribbean," played by actor Johnny Depp, spoke to fans via this video. Depp was promoting the next "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie. That would be number four. It's out next spring. Producers are clearly hoping to add to the treasure chest built up by the previous three "Pirates" movies, which so far have netted more than $2 billion.

That's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

MARY LOUISE KELLY, host:

And I'm Mary Louise Kelly.

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