Apparently, Disney is making some serious financial cuts to the new Pirates. Personally, this doesn't bother me one bit. I like the idea that they will have to focus more on the story and the characters than the effects. It seems they are scaling back to the first Pirates. According to The Los Angeles Times:
"In discussing the script for the fourth "Pirates" film, screenwriters
Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio were told that Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow character would spend more time on land than water because of the high cost of shooting on the high seas.
To save more money, the number and selection of filming
locations changed. Whereas the prior installments were shot in the Caribbean and Los Angeles, the upcoming production will be filmed primarily in Hawaii and London, where tax credits are more favorable.
The number of shooting days scheduled is 90 to 95, down from 142 on the last movie. Similarly, there are expected to be 1,300 to 1,400 visual effects shots, compared with 2,000.
As preproduction gets underway in Hawaii, Marshall and Bruckheimer are going through the script line by line looking for more places to trim costs.
Gone is one shooting location four hours north of London that would have required an overnight stay for the cast and crew. Instead, filming in London will save $3 million to $4 million. "
Well, more time on land than on sea. I'm sure we will still get scenes from the sea. Think about it. The first Pirates had alot of land time. More land time than the second and third films.