Pirates Director Jumps Ship For Animated Movie

Julien Temple’s “Oil City Confidential” is the last film in his trilogy on British music of the 1970s. It is a prequel to his landmark films about punk figureheads the Sex Pistols in “The Filth & The Fury” and Joe Strummer in “The Future Is Unwritten.” Oil City Confidential is a film noir feature length documentary and about Dr. Feelgood; it’s the story of four men in cheap suits who crashed out of Canvey Island in the early ’70s, sandpapered the face of rock’n’roll and left all that came before a burnt-out ruin, four estuarine John-the-Baptists to Johnny Rotten’s anti-Christ. Cannibalizing the visual flotsam and jetsam of our society, welding into an emotionally engaging and humorous whole, “Oil City Confidential” sets out to explore this unique time, place and social landscape – all of which was responsible for shaping the identity of the band and which, more than any other, defined the strange cultural vacuum which existed before the coming of punk rock.

‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ director Gore Verbinski is set to direct a $100 million budget animated film.  Verbinski  is currently assembling his team for the as yet unnamed film. So far visual effects specialist Mark McCrery, storyboard artist James Ward Bruit and screenwriter John Logan (Sweeney Todd) have been linked to the upcoming project. 

Verbinski has yet to decide if he will be handling the animation work in-house, and is waiting to see what he has to work with once the script is completed, reports Cinematical. No details about the plot have been released but the untitled project is expected to be released in 2010. In a press release from King’s GK Films, Verbinski said: “I have always been inspired by animation as an art form. I think this is a tremendous opportunity to move the medium forward and continue to engage, challenge and entertain the audience.”


Verbinski’s last project, the Pirates trilogy grossed an estimated $2.7 billion in worldwide box office receipts.