PotC is Monkey Island rip-off

Says Monkey Island creator.

Seen the trailer for the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie? Well a bloke called Ron Gilbert has, and he's not too happy about it.

Gilbert, as fans will know, created legendary PC adventure series Monkey Island. It featured loads of pirates, including the villainous LeChuck - who Gilbert reckons bears a striking resemblance to a character in the new movie.

In a post on his blog, Gilbert wrote: "So, I'm looking through my neighbour's window with a pair of binoculars, trying to see the TV to figure out if they have HBO that I can steal when the latest trailer for the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie comes on and I'm thinking to myself, 'Hey, I've seen this before... No... I've played this before... No... I've designed this before!' I'm thinking, 'This is the Monkey Island Movie!'

"Yeah, they kind of screwed up his beard, but that's LeChuck, and let's be honest, if I'd thought of the squid tentacles for a beard, I would have done that."

Naturally, Gilbert raced down to his mailbox expecting to find a big fat royalty cheque - but "No such luck. Two overdue credit card bills and a flier from some guy offering to Trim My Hedges, which I'm sure is just an innuendo for Wash My Cars, and I think we all know what that means."

Gilbert's not worried though: "Disney will do the right thing."

You can decide for yourself whether it's rip-off ahoy by viewing the trailer over on the official movie website.

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