‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5′, ‘Muppets 2′, ‘Maleficent’ and ’1952′ Snag Release Dates

Published 2 years ago by , Updated January 14th, 2013 at 7:14 pm,

Pirates of the Caribbean 5 script is complete Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Muppets 2, Maleficent and 1952 Snag Release Dates

Things are crazy busy over at the Mouse House, which just barely hired a new screenwriter for Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and has The Muppets 2 entering production overseas in Europe this month. Meanwhile, the Sleeping Beauty-inspired Maleficent (starring Angelina Jolie) is in post-production, with director Brad Bird’s sci-fi adventure 1952 (featuring George Clooney) readying to start filming in the upcoming months.

Disney has scheduled all four films (save for Pirates) to hit regular theaters next year (and, in some cases, 3D). Scroll on down to learn the exact release dates for these respective sequels, spinoffs and Bird’s mystery project.

We were anticipating The Muppets 2 arriving by Fall 2013 (some two years after its predecessor), but Disney has instead slated the followup for March 21st, 2014. Muppets co-writer and star Jason Segel isn’t involved with the sequel, but director James Bobin, co-writer Nicholas Stoller and songwriter Bret McKenzie are back. The under-wraps plot has been likened to The Great Muppet Caper, with Kermit the Frog and company getting caught up in a wacky European adventure that involves humans played by ex-Golden Globes hosts (and TV stars) Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey along with Modern Family‘s Ty Burrell.

Maleficent opens a few months later on July 2nd (in 2D and 3D). It was originally set for March 2014, but Disney’s decided it’s worthy of the Summer blockbuster season. Jolie headlines as the titular sorceress – here, portrayed in a sympathetic light (like what Wicked did for the Wicked Witch of the West) – with a cast rounded out by Sharlto Copley, Imelda Staunton (The Girl), Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises), Sam Riley (On the Road), Miranda Richardson (Phantom of the Opera) and Elle Fanning (Ginger & Rosa) as Princess Aurora. Alice in Wonderland production designer Robert Stromberg makes his director debut, working from a script penned by Alice writer Linda Woolverton.

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Angelina Jolie is ‘Maleficent’

1952 – which Bird has assured everyone is (sadly) not Star Wars: Episode VII in disguise – is arriving in 3D at the end of next year, on December 19th. Details are being kept under-wraps (rumors point to a film like Close Encounters of the Third Kind), but Clooney’s casting is now official. Furthermore, this is the writing project that’s helping to prevent Damon Lindelof from working on Prometheus sequel (for better or worse).

Last (but not least), Pirates of the Caribbean 5 (official subtitle TBD) is washing ashore on July 10th, 2015, with Johnny Depp back as Captain Jack Sparrow (duh). The project doesn’t have a finished script or a director locked down just yet, but is apparently not going to follow On Stranger Tides‘ example and be released in 3D (probably for the best). But don’t quote us on that, should Disney heads change their minds.

[Update: Disney also confirmed 3D releases for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy.]

Sound off with your early feelings about all four of these films – Pirates of the Caribbean 5, The Muppets 2, Maleficent and 1952 – in the comments section.


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  1. I’m am a huge fan of pirates of the caribbean i love the first and second one a lot the third one was really bad even though it did have some good action scenes it was badly done in so many ways, i never saw the fourth one but i heard some pretty awful stuff along with some good stuff but mostly bad stuff, i heard from someone that t was worse than the third one and i gotta say that is pretty tough to beat. I hope they do something to bring back Will and Elizabeth and they re-connect with Jack i love Jack to death so much but i also love Will and Elizabeth i always thought their roles were well acted by Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley (I also think she is really hot as hell) i honestly loved all three of them not just Jack if they find a way to bring all of them back (which is pretty unlikely but anything can happen) i’m all for it as long as they can develop all of the relationships more hopefully that happens because honestly what the series needs is different writing and different directing and the idea that they got a new writing revising the current script seems like a good sign to me. Hopefully this is good and better than the last couple installments.

    Avengers 2
    Justice League
    Pirates 5
    Star Wars 7

    not much wrong with that

    • Justice league will NEVER hit theaters in 2015 and if it does IT WILL BE A HUGE MISTAKE ON THEIR PART, they are trying everything they can to jump on the avengers $$$$$$$$$$$ tree, but if they rush it, that fruit will fall off the tree before it is ripe, and we will all pay the price for not getting a movie that we all want to see! I would rather wait till 2016-2017 for a GREAT JL movie then have another Green Lantern FLOP that is rushed!!

  2. ”Disney has scheduled all four films to hit regular theaters next year”

    No, pirates comes in 2015.

    • My bad, it’s been corrected.

      Thanks for catching that.

  3. Sigh, yet another Pirates film, as if the 3rd one wasn’t bad enough. Then again if you can continuw to release the same product that consistently makes a billion dollars worldwide regardless of bad quality, then why not.

    • Any opinion on the 4th? that was most recent.

  4. 1952, I’m can’t wait. Hopefully Brad Bird keeps his eye on Damon Lindelof since Ridley Scott didn’t. Muppets 2, I can’t wait as well. The other two films from Disney, huh? ;)

  5. I can’t wait to take my kids to Muppets 2. I can’t wait to rent Pirates on DVD. And the others…I can’t wait for a trailer to make my official decision.

  6. I know I am in the minority on this one, but At World’s End is my favorite of all the Pirate movies. I love the series as a whole, but I will admit the fourth installment was lacking. I hope they can conjur up a good story for the fifth and bring back all of Jack’s crew, I did miss them in part four. I still feel that they should do something with the Bermuda triangle, but will have to wait and see.

    • @DaveP
      I think that Jack will find a way to get the Black Pearl out the bottle and bring it back to its normal size, maybe with the magic that Barbossa’s new Sword of Triton has, that originally beloned to Blackbeard in Pirates 4. As for the Black Pearl’s Crew, i think They’re stuck in the Black Pearl while it is stuck in the bottle that Blackbeard had put it in. Or, The Black Pearl is really hidden somehwere and the Ship in the bottle is just an illusion and Jack has to find it where it may really be hidden(maybe). Yes, i think they should have the Bermuda Triangle involved in Pirates 5′s plot as well. That would be a great idea for a story/plot for Pirates 5 ! :) .

  7. I love Pirates of the Caribbean, but they should have ended with the third one. Disney, please stop before you make Pirates annoyingly too long like so many movies have become after making four,five,and six movies. Please…

    • They’ll either stop at Pirates 6 or they’ll continue with a Pirates 7,8 and 9. We’ll just have to wait see what happens.

    • Most people like the Pirates movies, just because you don’t, I would say just keep your mouth shut and don’t go and see it. Let the other people who like to see Johnny Depp in Pirates enjoy the show.

  8. I hope they make more pirate of caribbean.

  9. Movies in 3D please, but in great 3D just in great 3D.