Well, it’s definitely not full steam ahead for the fifth “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie. The movie was originally announced as releasing in the very busy summer of 2015, but producer Jerry Bruckheimer says that’s no longer the plan. So Johnny Depp doesn’t have to jump back in his Captain Jack Sparrow gear just yet.
Bruckheimer tells THR that the change is because of problems with the movie’s script. “We have an outline everyone loves but the script is not done,” he says. After “The Lone Ranger” flopped at the box office, it makes sense to take their time and make sure everything is right. After all, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” was upwards of a $250 million investment for Disney.
Before the project can move forward, Bruckheimer wants to make sure all his ducks are in a row. “We want a script that everyone’s signed off on and a budget that everyone’s signed off on,” he explains.
Originally the next movie, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” was supposed to begin filming in March 2014, but that isn’t a possibility as screenwriter Jeff Nathanson is working on a second version of the script after the first one didn’t impress.
Still, it’s not like “Pirates 5” won’t happen eventually. The last movie pulled in over a billion dollars, proving there’s still a lot of life in the franchise. The plan now is to have the movie ready to roll for summer 2016. Luckily, they can wait as long as they’d like because Depp doesn’t age. Ever.