Disney Bumps PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 5 from Summer 2015
Disney has confirmed to Deadline that it has bumped the impending PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 5 from its original July 10, 2015 release. The site notes that the film may hit as early as the summer of 2016.
Execs reportedly wanted to allow Jeff Nathanson to flesh out the completed outline, as well as provide series lead Johnny Depp a little of a breather between filming INTO THE WOODS and ALICE IN WONDERLAND 2. The Hollywood Reporter additionally writes that Disney is being extra cautious after this summer's surprise flop THE LONE RANGER (also starring Depp.)
Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg will direct, with Jerry Bruckheimer returning to produce.
THE PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN series has had immense financial success both domestically and globally. The last film in franchise, 2011's ON STRANGER TIDES, took in over $1 billion internationally.
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES opened in theaters on May 20, 2011. Produced by Bruckheimer and directed by Rob Marshall, this new episode from the legendary saga captures the fun, adventure and humor that ignited the hit franchise-this time in Disney Digital 3D.
Depp returned to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in an action-packed tale of truth, betrayal, youth and demise. When Jack crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz), he's not sure if it's love-or if she's a ruthless con artist who's using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn't know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past.