USA Network has acquired the cable television rights from Disney-ABC Domestic Television to the global box office smash, Walt Disney Pictures' "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End." Under the agreement, USA has the network window premiere beginning in September 2009.
"This acquisition completes USA's ownership of rights to the 'Pirates' trilogy, and we couldn't be more thrilled. It's one of the most popular franchises in film history and our viewers have made it clear that it's a favorite of theirs," said Jane Blaney, USA's Sr. VP of Programming.
The 2006 premiere of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl" was the biggest theatrical movie in USA's history and the highest-rated movie in five years in the P25-54 demo. The premiere and its subsequent three primetime runs have established "Pirates" as the top movie on cable since its debut on USA.
Last year, USA announced acquisition of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," the record-shattering second film in the series.