Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and Angelica (Penelope Cruz) in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Photo Credit: Peter Mountain/Disney Enterprises, Inc.

‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5’ Delayed Beyond 2015

Disney’s latest installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has hit a snag that has resulted in the delay of the film’s anticipated 2015 release.

According to reports from The Hollywood Reporter, producer Jerry Bruckheimer says that the decision to delay the film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales was based on issues with the script.

“We have an outline everyone loves but the script is not done,” Bruckheimer told The Hollywood Reporter.

Johnny Depp is set to return to the franchise reprising his role as Captain Jack Sparrow.

The delay in production of the latest installment of the Pirates franchise has me slightly worried if the studio will be able to get the film up and running by the anticipated summer 2016 release.

Right now, other than Pirates, Johnny Depp has two other movies in the pre-production stage; Mortdecai and Into the Woods. There is also the matter of the recently announced follow up to Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland.

Will the delay of Pirates complicate things for the actor’s already busy schedule, thus further delaying the production of Dead Men Tell No Tales? Right now, we will just have to wait and see how things unfold.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, filmmakers were not happy with screenwriter Jeff Nathanson’s initial draft of the script calling it “too expensive” and “really hard to follow”. He is currently in the process of re-writing the script based on an outline that was very well received.

I am sure that Disney will be very cautious when it comes to a budget after the disappointing numbers that came in from The Lone Ranger. However, this is Pirates of the Caribbean after all.

The Pirates franchise has made just under $1.3 billion at the box office. Executed properly, it is highly unlikely that Pirates will disappoint at the box office.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Disney has the release date listed as “unset”.

Hopefully, everything will go according to plan, and we can see Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in theaters by the projected 2016.

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