By Scott Brown
Updated July 19, 2006 at 12:00 PM EDT
Johnny Depp, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Credit: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest: Disney

Might “>this be the script for Pirates of the Caribbean 3? Careful, matey! There be SPOILERS WITHIN! And BELOW! Or maybe it’s all just an elaborate hoax!

Typos aside, the script looks fairly credible, if not exactly inspired. The action opens in China, where, according to the camera directions, ASIAN MAN is fishing. (I, for one, am thrilled to see ASIAN MAN working again.) Our hardy crew is seeking sea charts from a lethal lady pirate, and Barbossa’s running the show (though it’s not immediately revealed why he is so mysteriously un-stabbed-to-death). Action then flips back to the evil Beckett and his plans for multinational mercantile mayhem.

Is this an early draft? A shooting script? Or a big, fat fake? Weigh in below, me’ hearties.