Dead Men will tell no tales until at least 2016.
Production on the fifth instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is in trouble, with the movie now delayed for at least year. There had been whispers that Disney, who face a write-down of $190m on this summer’s mega flop The Lone Ranger, had voiced concerns about the potential script, budget and running time of Pirates 5. Those rumours appear to have been confirmed.
In a recent interview, Jerry Bruckheimer, the uber-producer behind The Lone Ranger and the PotC franchise, has been unusually candid about the delay:
“We have an outline everyone loves but the script is not done… we’re supposed to start in March and you start spending a lot of money now.”
When asked whether the spiralling budget had become a factor in the delay, Bruckheimer again did not hold back:
“It’s all a factor. We want a script that everyone’s signed off on and a budget that everyone’s signed off on. [Getting the script right] is always hard [and after this summer] everybody’s more cautious.”
Indeed, a source for The Hollywood Reporter admitted that the current script "was too expensive but it was also really complicated and hard to follow." This must send shivers up the spines of the Disney executives.
Perhaps most remarkable of all, when the usually assured Bruckheimer was asked whether the project would still definitely happen, one of Hollywood’s greatest producers conceded:
“With any movie, you’re never confident.”
From a man who is always confident, that shows the measure of concern surrounding the project.
2015 will be a bonkers year for blockbusters and the law of averages dictates some studios are going to lose money. Lots of it. Avengers 2, JJ Abrams’ Star Wars sequel, Batman vs Superman, Fantastic Four, Jurassic Park 4, Terminator 5, Independence Day 2, and the next James Bond film are just some of the films to be released that year, so perhaps deferring Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is a wise decision. Even if actually making the movie might not be.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter