Last month Pirates of the Caribbean 5 became Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and the movie was still on course to shoot next year for a summer 2015 release. However that is no longer the case, as producer Jerry Bruckheimer told THR “We have an outline everyone loves but the script is not done”.
The plan is now to aim for summer 2016, which shouldn’t be an issue for Disney as they already had a packed 2015 with The Avengers 2, Star Wars: Episode VII, and Pixar’s Inside Out.
Bruckheimer says it was necessary to push the project because “we’re supposed to start in March and you start spending a lot of money now.” According to the producer, the Pirates filmmakers weren’t happy with screenwriter Jeff Nathanson’s initial script, and he’s now at work on a second attempt based on the well-received outline. But Bruckheimer asks, “How do you budget an outline?”
Following the under-performance of The Lone Ranger Bruckheimer and Disney are wise to take a step back with Pirates and assess the situation. While Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides made over $1 billion it wasn’t received as well as previous films, so another bad outing could really damage the franchise. Hopefully directors Kon-Tiki directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg give us something closer to The Curse of the Black Pearl which many still see as the best film of the franchise.