According to Variety, Disney and returning producer Jerry Bruckheimer have selected Nathanson to write the continuing adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow.
Months before Pirates of Caribbean: On Stranger Tides even arrived in theaters, Terry Rossio was hired to pen the fifth installment. It's unknown at this point whether Nathanson will be working from previous drafts by Rossio or starting from scratch. With his writing and partner Ted Elliott, Rossio wrote all four previous entries in the franchise. The duo also wrote early drafts of The Lone Ranger, this summer's reteaming of Bruckheimer, Depp, and Gore Verbinski, the director of the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
Verbinski opted not to return for On Stranger Tides, which also did away with the characters played by Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley. Director Rob Marshall took Verbinski's place, and every indication so far has been that both he and Disney are keen to make Pirates of the Caribbean 5 a Rob Marshall film. Marshall and Depp were set to team up again for a remake of The Thin Man for Warner Bros., but the studio pumped the brakes on that one last June.
So there's no doubt that we'll again see Jack Sparrow lizard-walking his way through yet-another Caribbean misadventure, and Jeff Nathanson might just be the screenwriter to make it happen.