According to Mania.com, Gore Verbinski has decided not to do Pirates o the Caribbean 4:
Verbinski Passes on PIRATES 4 - Mania.com
Verbinski Passes on PIRATES 4
Will helm BioShock instead.
By Jarrod Sarafin April 08, 2009
There will likely be a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean but it will be without director Gore Verbinski at the wheel. Variety reports the director of the original Pirates trilogy has decided to pass on the fourth installment, which is expected to begin photography in 2010. After spending six years on the three pics, which plundered $2.6 billion in receipts, he has notified producer Jerry Bruckheimer and distributor Walt Disney Pictures of his plans to depart from the franchise.
"I had a fantastic time bringing 'Pirates' to life, and I am eternally grateful to Jerry, Johnny and the rest of the creative and production team." says the director. "I'm looking forward to all of us crossing paths again in the future."
Johnny Depp is still attached to reprise the role of Captain Jack Sparrow.
Verbinski will instead focus on other projects that include Bioshock, a Universal Pictures adaptation of the bestselling vidgame that has a John Logan script and is likely to be Verbinski's next film as a director.
And the director is still working with Depp. He has been directing Rango, a CG-animated film for Paramount Pictures, with Depp voicing the title character. Logan also wrote the script based on an idea by Verbinski. Paramount plans to debut the film March 2011.
Other projects for Gore's Blind Wink Prods. include a modern take on the Hasbro board game Clue and a drama based on a Wall Street Journal article about the online fantasy role-playing world and its debilitating impact on the real lives of players.