I'm not sure why there's a question of balance considering there still is a balance in the ride. Jack is in how many scenes out of how many? How much of the original dialogue exists? How much of the music? Of the set pieces, animatronics, story, etc.? I know that balance doesn't have to literally mean 50-50, but Jack is so easily avoidable except for the scene on the lift hill because there is so much more to see and hear.
Anyway, to answer the question: I would be against this new strictly-branded ride. It's redundant, as someone else said, and would be a waste of space, even in a third park. I don't think there's really a demand for a ride that is all about the movies because there's enough of them in the current ride to satisfy the people who want to see them.
Besides, Edward "Blackbeard" Teach was a real person. Although the original unnamed pirate on the Wicked Wench was not identified as Blackbeard, the AA figure DID have a long black beard, and he WAS the captain of a pirate ship. Had there never even been any POTC movies, Disney could very easily have made a few minor changes to the unnamed pirate's appearance and named him Blackbeard.
You can't criticize Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio for adapting other peoples' stories for the screen, unless you're willing to do the same to Walt Disney himself (Snow White, Pinocchio, Bambi, the Uncle Remus tales, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Old Yeller, The Shaggy Dog, Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmatians, Mary Poppins, etc.? None originally created by Walt, but many successfully adapted by him...or more specifically by people hired by him to do the adaptations).
You can't criticize Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio for adapting other peoples' stories for the screen, QUOTE]
No but I can criticize them with not providing proper credit.
PIRATES LAWSUIT Artist vs Disney Company-
Yes I would, but ONLY on the condition that they restored the original ride. (They can leave one Jack AA - say, the one in the barrel - as an easter egg, but the mist screens and Captain Jack Sparrow dialog MUST be removed.)
We always discuss how the movie stuff isn't a good fit for the ride, but I'd also say that the ride isn't a good representation of the movies. Jack Sparrow and Co. belong in a big thrill ride, something more akin to the Indiana Jones Adventure, not a darkly charming musical boat ride. And, although I'm not the biggest fan of the movies, I think it could be a good ride.
But here's a couple more observations on how Jack spoils the original:
Before, the pirates came off as giddily subversive (I think the fact that the ride was created in the late 60's had something to do with this, ditto for Haunted Mansion and Jungle Book). By making Jack the hero, you make all the other pirates the "bad guys" - I mean yes, they were always "bad," but they weren't the antagonists. (If they were, who was the original protagonist? Dunking Mayor? Dog with Keys?)
Also, by making half the conversations about Jack, you detract from the "cocktail party" aspect of the ride (as Walt once put it) where "each time you tune in on a different conversation." Putting that thread in there makes it feel too structured. (Much like the new attic in HM - but that's another thread...) I do think we needed some new conversations to tune in on - because they've been yakking away at this same party for decades - but just having them say "Captain Jack Sparrow" all the time doesn't cut it.
BTW, Mr. Wiggins, I'm honored to have my comment quoted in your post on balance :).
And speaking of balance:
If you remove pirates (and a wench in a barrel) to install multiple captain Jack's and at the same time change the entire theme and purpose of the pirates in the town from pillage, plunder, rifle and loot, extort and pilfer, filch and sack (as the song clearly states) to one of an ambiguous and ill defined search for captain Jack - that is not balance it is muddying well designed clarity and devolves the attraction's message into thematic pablum.
There is still a cocktail party effect to me. I don't see how it was destroyed. Perhaps there is a linear plot that detracts from the nature of the original ride, but I feel that's a non-issue considering that's what appeals to the average person--that is, not someone from MiceChat.