Walt Disney Pictures intends to release a fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie – starring Johnny Depp as the rascally Jack Sparrow – in time to compete during the cutthroat Summer 2015. As a result, the studio has been cleaning house on this franchise, after the last installment, subtitled On Stranger Tides, grossed $1 billion around the globe – but didn’t exactly leave as many people clamoring for more, or prove that this swashbuckling franchise is not running on fumes at this stage.
In order to freshen things up, the Mouse House recruited a new writer for Pirates 5 to take over from Ted Eliott and Terry Rossio – who penned the second, third and fourth Pirates flicks, after having co-written the first chapter. Based on similar reasoning, the fifth installment will be directed by two people who are new to the blockbuster movie-making playground - Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg - but who also made a splash (pun intended) this year, with their indie sea-faring tale Kon-Tiki.
This is Infamous was interviewing Rønning and Sandberg about the forthcoming Kon-Tiki Blu-ray release later this month, when the conversation naturally turned to their Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Both of the directors kept their lips sealed, as to avoid incurring the wrath of Disney’s legal department; however, that didn’t prevent them from revealing what the official (sub)title for the project is going to be.
As such, we can confirm that Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is called… Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
This is the first Pirates movie subtitle to explicitly reference an element of the original Disney theme park attraction that inspired the franchise to begin with; yet, at the same time, the fifth movie’s subtitle is perhaps even more enigmatic than the fourth movie’s subtitle, On Stranger Tides. Things have changed since the time when each installment in the original Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy – from director Gore Verbinski – had a subtitle that directly alluded to either some key element or important plot device in the film.
Dead Men Tell No Tales, by comparison, doesn’t exactly offer any clues about the plot, beyond the implication that Sparrow could be confronted with the reality of his inevitable death (read: just like the last two movies). Rønning and Sandberg are describing the screen story and script from Jeff Nathanson (Rush Hour 2 & 3, Tower Heist) as both “a stand-alone adventure [and] tie into the overall mythology of the series” – but again, it’ll take more than that to convince anyone that there’s some imagination and creative life left to be milked from this cash-cow.
… Then again, with rumors that Disney executives are going to have the final cut on Pirates 5 – to make sure the final product is an easy and inoffensive sell to the masses – perhaps it’s best to not start hoping for something imaginative (or even a creative and ambitious, yet messy blockbuster like The Lone Ranger).
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales opens in theaters on July 10th, 2015.