Disney isn’t wasting any time with their plans for the revamped Pirates of the Caribbean series. Yesterday we learned that the first teaser trailer will debut online December 13 and in theaters attached to Tron Legacy. There’s also been word that a new trilogy is on the horizon and that On Stranger Tides is just the starting point. According to HitFix, the studio is slowly but surely gearing up for Pirates 5 and 6.

After the success of the first Pirates film, Disney quickly began production on the second and third movies, which they shot back to back. It was an exhausting process so to avoid such strain they’re asking the On Stranger Tides staff to “set aside a major block of time in the very near future so they can shoot Pirates 5 and Pirates 6. Apparently this is the only way that they can milk the series to the point of no return without losing their stars.

Johnny Depp has a huge roster of films on his schedule including The Lone Ranger (another Disney film) and Dark Shadows. In order to keep him on board, their best bet is the shoot the two sequels as one huge movie, then break them up and release them separately.

We wonder what material they’ll use for the future films? On Stranger Tides is based on the Tim Powers book of the same name. Are they going to look to him for more material?

Would you be interested in two more Pirates films? Is this overkill?