‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5′ Has Not Been Greenlit Yet

Published 6 months ago by , Updated March 19th, 2014 at 12:34 am,

Johnny Depp on Pirates of the Caribbean poster Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Has Not Been Greenlit Yet
The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise – based on Disney’s popular theme park ride – took the seas by storm in 2003 with the first film in the series, The Curse of the Black Pearl, which became a box office success to the tune of $654 million worldwide; it also made Johnny Depp a bankable star. Almost eleven years later, three more films have since been released, and a new Pirates-themed “land” is expected to open at Shanghai Disneyland Resort in late 2015.

To many, Pirates of the Caribbean is still a white-hot property, yet there has been little word about another film since On Stranger Tides (which made over a billion dollars at the box office) was released back in 2011. Last year, it was announced that the next film in the series would be tentatively called Dead Men Tell No Tales, and Norwegian directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg were expected to helm. A new release date of sometime in 2016 was also proposed, moving the film away from the extra busy summer of 2015.

Now the latest news comes from today’s company shareholder and D23 member meeting in Portland, Oregon, where Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced that the fifth film in the lucrative franchise has not actually been given a greenlight at the studio yet, leaving the Pirates of the Caribbean series in an uncertain state of limbo.

While 2016 is still two years away and there’s plenty of time to greenlight the film, it does appear Walt Disney Pictures is perhaps reconsidering and going back on their original plans, maybe in light of their debacle with last year’s The Lone Ranger.

Lone Ranger Cast and Crew Blame Critics for Box Office Flop Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Has Not Been Greenlit Yet
Starring Depp as an eccentric character and also produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Films, The Lone Ranger ended up costing the company around $190 million and may have already been responsible for a Dead Men Tell No Tales loss of budget and final cut privileges. In fact, directors Ronning and Sandberg were specifically chosen because of their ability to work under a limited budget in the Oscar-nominated film Kon-Tiki.

The recent potential plot details for Pirates 5, which feature a whole new set of characters alongside Depp, also might not seem very encouraging to a studio that has already lost a lot of money while banking on the same lead actor. Then again, maybe it was The Lone Ranger itself that didn’t offer up a big enough draw to audiences, and a new Pirates of the Caribbean film could have a very different result at the box office.

Would you still be interested in a new Pirates of the Caribbean starring Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow? Or do you think the franchise’s ship has already sailed?

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is tentatively scheduled for Summer 2016.

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  1. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Search for More Money.

    • Oh yeah they are totally thirsty for money and putting it on hold is a sign of that!

    • I think they’re waiting for Johnny Depp’s new movie to come out to see how much of a bankable star he still is.

      • Well, luckily the budget for his new movie is $100 million and not $215 million so it will highly likely do well and make a profit especially since he is huge overseas.

        • Where did you hear that Pirates 5′s budget is $100 million ?

          • He’s talking about Transcendence not Pirates 5

            • @Anton
              How do you know ?

              • Because Transcendence is releasing in April and that’s the only new movie we all know of that’s starring Depp.

                It looks great though so I’ll definitely see Johnny on the big screen for the first time ever.

                • @Dazz Actually, Transcendence’s production budget has not been revealed yet.

    • Nice Spaceballs reference there, Yogurt would be proud.

      • Yogurt! I hate Yogurt.

      • It looks like we’ve been jammed.

        I see your Schwartz is as big as mine.

  2. I don’t know, the first three movies were so great and the thought of a fourth excited me a lot but it did feel kind of like a dimming light with the new cast, the changes they made to it in both cast and story were so drastic that to clean the slate again and get a whole new cast would further ruin the series.

    • @goldilocks
      +1

      You should make that into a YouTube video.

      • Hee-hee, thanx, Mr. O! But don’t tempt me…I’ll get all flushie-blushie and start to think I could expand on it and do it! Actually, I really fantasized about doing a Gangnam-style video for “Wal-Mart-style”, filmed in a Wal-Mart (my employer), but aside from the logistics problem of finding a WM I could do it in, the company would fire me from it’s employment like eggs machine-gunning out of a wild chicken’s pooparino. BUT–I guarantee it would be one of the funniest things you ever saw. Aahhh, if only….!

  3. Yo-Ho-Ho and a bottle of scum;
    Don’t think I’ll watch that Johnny Depp Bum.
    Tonto he ain’t, or Barnabas, either.
    Think he’s sniffed way too much ether.
    Him and his buddy Timothy Burton
    For quality seem to be really hurting.
    I think a new job for them would be Heaven–
    Why don’t they just open a 7-11?
    They could sell Slurpies; now that’s a real rush,
    Cuz their movies slurp too, and that ain’t frozen mush!
    He could flop around his Edward Scissorhands,
    And keep the flies off the donuts stands.
    Yes, sell coffee and candy and ciggie-butts,
    Cuz all his movies prove he’s nuts!

    • That was classic, well done.

      • Thanx for the accolades and applause, Matt-Bite! And a tip ‘o’ the fedora for the curtosy and gracious comment!

    • Wow you seem really obsessed with Burton and Depp! You post crappy comments on every article related to them. Bitter much you pathetic loser?

      Keep talking shyt about them on here because that’s all you can do and they could not care less about a nobody like you.

      • Even Goldie isn’t a fan of Depp, credit is due for being clever.

        • Being clever? That’s interesting! So being clever is hating on people that have done nothing harmful to you?

        • It’s grand to be considered a Poet Laurette of ScreenRunt! Thank you from the bottom of my Cheshire Cat grin!

      • And nobody could care less about a nobody like you either, who has to come along and throw abuse at a longstanding member of the site’s comments section. I mean, what do you do all day, sit on a computer typing insults to complete strangers until your fingers start to blister? Does that make you feel somehow superior because your life away from the screen is so lackluster and pointless?

        I didn’t find his sea shanty funny either but come on, grow up, yeah?

    • Wow, your life must be really empty that you’ve got the time to hate on successful people online and write poetry about them!

    • You seem really obsessed with Burton and Depp! You post crappy comments on every article related to them. Bitter much?

      Keep talking crap about them on here because that’s all you can do and they could not care less.

      • “Bitter”? No, although she did nibble my ear-lobe a bit….!

      • I took a really dangerous step:
        I dared to criticize Johnny Depp,
        And then I criticized his bud Burton;
        Now that really got the anger spurtin’!
        And now they’re doing a fifth “Carribbean”;
        Now there’s a movie I won’t be seein’!
        It really is not my biggest pleasure,
        To watch Pirate Johnny hunt for treasure,
        So if he wants to search for plunder,
        At least I won’t see his cinema blunder.
        I have some info, and I will share it:
        The bird on Tonto’s head is not a parrot;
        The stake in Barnabas is not a peg;
        Those are only used in a pirate’s leg.
        The cutlass that a pirate uses
        Would just give Ed Scissorhand bruises.
        This pirate movie might prove rank;
        The star deserves to walk the plank.
        After that Dark Shadows parody,
        They won’t get any more cash from me.
        About the only thing that was much stranger
        Was what they did to the poor Lone Ranger.
        So shiver me timbers and hoist me sail:
        Old Spice for my sea-farin’ never fails;
        It covers up my arm-pit stink;
        But Depp and Burton? Rank rinky-dink!!
        This movie may make “You Moron” heady,
        But it makes me get sea-sick already!

        (…thank you everybody…I’m here all week!!)

    • @goldilocks Trust me, I am giving you a standing ovation right now!

      • Thank you, Kiran. I am trying to post the second installment, dedicated to “You Moron”, but my computer glitched and the SR website is trying not to let me post it because the site thinks it’s a duplicate comment, but here goes:

        I took a really dangerous step:
        I dared to criticize Johnny Depp,
        And then I criticized his bud Burton;
        Now that really got the anger spurtin’!
        And now they’re doing a fifth “Carribbean”;
        Now there’s a movie I won’t be seein’!
        It really is not my biggest pleasure,
        To watch pirate Johnny hunt for treasure,
        So if he wants to search for plunder,
        At least I won’t see his cinema blunder.
        I have some info, and I will share it:
        The bird on Tonto’s head is not a parrot;
        The stake in Barnabas is not a peg;
        Those are only used in a pirate’s leg.
        The cutlass that a pirate uses
        Would just give Ed Scissorhand bruises.
        This pirate movie might prove rank;
        The star deserves to walk the plank.
        After that Dark Shadows parody,
        They won’t get any more cash from me.
        About the only thing that was much stranger
        Was what they did to the poor Lone Ranger.
        So shiver me timbers and hoist me sail:
        Old Spice for my sea-farin’ never fails;
        It covers up my arm-pit stink;
        But Depp and Burton? Rank rinky-dink!!
        This movie may make “You Moron” heady,
        But it makes me get sea-sick already!

        (…thank you everybody…I’m here all week!!)

  4. At least this all means that Pirates 5′s script is still being written. When Jeff Nathanson finishes writing the script, the Disney execs will be given the script to approve of it. Then that will be the moment of truth, when that happens they will either green light Pirates 5 to happen(hopefully), or they will delay it again or cancel it(hopefully not).

    • …..Plus, That is all supposed to happen soon, because they are supposed to start filming Pirates 5 in October 2014.

      • I doubt the “filming in October 2014″ thing, even if the movie was still releasing in 2016. Even less likely now they say they haven’t even greenlit the movie yet.

        • @Dazz
          They will likely greenlight it sometime between now and October 2014. Plus, October 2014 is when they are supposed to start filming it. Jeff Nathanson is writing the script as we speak and has been writing it for a while now, so hopefully he will be finished with writing before October 2014.

      • What’s the rush?

        • What’s the rush? There is no rush according to Disney unfortunately. They should greenlight it already, because Johnny Depp is not getting any younger! Although, Disney execs are waiting for Jeff Nathanson to finish writing the script as we speak.

          • Right, and they won’t green-light this one with no script. They have to have confidence that this will please the audience as the last film disappointed a lot of people and in order for this one to work it will have to be good creatively.

            Although people want some of the characters to return, and I believe some characters should return, they do need to keep the story fresh. OST was fresh in a way, but it felt more like a misadventure than a continuation of the series. People want a different story, but in the same book.

            I don’t think it’s impossible to fix this series and if they really work hard, they should be able to. I would rather wait another year or two and get the right movie then rush it and get another wrong one. Hopefully the script will be what they want, but if it’s not, they need to wait.

            In the mean time, I would love to see a less expensive prequel to Curse of the Black Pearl.

            • @TVDude I agree. Although, I wouldn’t necessarily want a prequel to The Curse of the Black Pearl, because there is already a short film prequel to Pirates 1 that is called Tales of the Code: Wedlocked and it is 10 minutes long. Here it is -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aveyFHukyW4

  5. “Would you still be interested in a new Pirates of the Caribbean starring Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow?”

    Yes.

  6. They are still gonna make it….sean he is talking abt transcendence.

    • @constantine
      I wasn’t replying to anyone. I was just making a statement.

  7. Why another? Is there a clamor from fans. Disney has Star Wars now.

    • Yes there is. Many fans of the series want another movie.

      • News to me. I thought Disney would develop other vehicles, like Tomorrowland.

  8. In 2016, Johnny will have Alice 2 coming out. So he needs sometime to spend his paycheck.

  9. Well ‘stranger tides’ was a snooze. But still, with a new screenwriter on board i’m curious where Ronning and Sandberg would head with the franchise.

  10. I’m glad that pirates 5 isn’t been greenlit becuse it’s milking the money from the audances/
    They don’t have story the way they did when the first trilogy roamed the box office, pirates are dead now nd that title refe to it, “Dead Man don’t tell Tails”.

    Since Jerr Bruckemiher left Disney they don’t have the arhitect of mega production,even thought some of his last instalment Lone Ranger floped. they aren’t going to be successful as the First trilogy mr verbinsi set it in motion.

    They beet back off the Pirates franchise before all the booty goes down the Dave Kones Locker.

    As for new comer Norwgian due, won’t boost any success becuse they want to tight the budget, they are hungry volture for money simple as that.

    Why did they fire Dick Cook for, he was the one who brought out the bilion dollar frachise to smash the box office record?
    They wan’t to make money but they don’t want to spend making megaproduction why , becuse they got their eyes on Star Wars franchise and Marvel.
    To be sarcastic, Disney need to back off from the property.They should leve for othet studios to resurect Pirate them at the Big Screen.
    If they keep on sucking peoles money , then that means you loose on down the abyss.

    peole aren’t stupid again to pay the bill to watch the same carcters and same story teeling over and over it become anoying and repetitive, not matter they bring difernt story, They have lost their talent and their creative team, and that is enought,
    They shouls sa now to fans and audionces, “Been thre Done Taht “to to move on somethng new.

    I’ll sugest they should concentrate now on Star Wars franchise before they ruin it. franchise as well.

  11. Ugh! Johnny Depp isn’t why people see these movies! Johnny Depp AS Jack Sparrow is why! Come on, Disney. The series has had two installments gross over $1 billion. I think it’s safe to say that another would make money.

  12. Please. Pirates has a much bigger draw than Lone Ranger, worldwide especially. Plus storywise the films have a lot more mythology to explore.

  13. This doesn’t make any sense at all. AT. ALL.
    POTC is not Lone Ranger. Nobody expected it to be. And if anyone thinks that LR failed because of Depp, they haven’t seen the movie that needed some serious editing and script tightening. If anything, Depp helped that movie as much as he could.
    That said, agree or not, Capt. Jack Sparrow is a legend and Depp owns it outright. And even a 4th POTC with a new stock of characters still earned A BILLION dollars just in Box Office. That doesn’t include everything else including merchandising, TV, DVD/Blu-Ray, etc. which Disney raked in with a 24 karat rake. Oh, POTC 5 is going to cost $200 Million? What’s your point? If POTC 5 fails it’ll be because Disney bounced Bruckheimer (who, according to Disney, apparently doesn’t know how to make a hit movie OR TV show, for that matter) and tried to shoestring a budget for a movie that requires a lot of in-camera and CGI effects. What, Pirate ships grow on trees?

    Get your head out of your red shorts, Mickey, pony up the money and give me another Pirate movie. Pirates are IN right now. Ask UbiSoft how much they made off of Captain Kenway’s adventures. Ask Starz about Black Sails. Ask me about Captain Morgan!

    • I saw both the 1980s version of the Lone Ranger and the recent one. No comparison, the 1980s version was better and it isn’t good. They did get a few things right however. One of those things was hiring an actual NA to play Tonto. Not someone who was made an honorary tribe member after there was an outcry. If Depp had any character he would have turned down the role. A proper Lone Ranger movie could have been made for half what they spent. Arnie Hammer was great. Depp was terrible, the writing was the worst.

      • I think if Depp had been off the Lone Ranger it would have done much better. If not for Armie Hammer it would have been unwatchable. Depp was playing Cap’n Jack and the budget was ridiculous, in part because Depp was hired. I’m sure the script also got input from Depp and then he improvised as well. Just a train wreck.

  14. Yet another crappy franchise that somehow makes hundreds of millions, and they’ll keep making them as long as the average movie-going public continues to fork over their money for this star-vehicle, theme-park based, poorly written, convoluted mess of a franchise.

    They got me on the first one, but Bruckheimer hasn’t had my money since then. I’m all for a great PIRATES movie, so why doesn’t another studio produce their own Pirates movie? Disney doesn’t own ALL the pirate tales out there. Then we’d get a bloody violent film like a good pirates film should be. Done with Depp. Alice in wonderland was awful, like the last Pirates movie, and Lone Ranger was dreadful. I think Depp needs Matthew McConaghy’s agent.

  15. Disney at times is has an ego that does not translate to box office success. The younger audience had no interest in the source material, let alone knew what it was about. Anyone over say 45 were basically the demographic that actually went to see LR and liked it ( some what), including Johnny’s hard core fan base. But how in the Hell was that going to translate to 200 million in box office receipts? It was a huge mistake on Disney’s part and they tried to blame everyone else for their creative decision.

    “Black Sails” ( as ridiculous as it is) has proved again the general public loves a Pirate and financially is a good bet. Even National Geographic’s exhibit “Real Pirates” breaks records every where it goes and is all bloody true history with authentic artifacts and real treasure.

    If Disney gives it 100 million in production, and Mr. Depp tales the points instead of his usual 40 million….Disney will have another world wide hit.

  16. Except for the first one, these movies sucked hard!

  17. I hope they do another Pirates film, but with a more crafted story. And it should include the other main stars from the first film. The 3 sequels’ stories just seemed to wander and reach too far, trying to bedazzle the audience. Simpler might be better.

  18. They should start putting roman numerals after the titles like the Star Trek movies…Pirates V: The Final Foible

  19. Would love more POTC and think Jacks Sparrow and Barbossa and crew are classic characters – Disney needs to get off the stick because nobody is getting any younger.

  20. If they greenlight the film I hope it will be better than the last one.

  21. I have sent a tweet on twitter to the CEO of Disney Bob Iger, to find out if Pirates 5 has been delayed from Summer 2016 to Summer 2017.

  22. Meh nothing else left to do, maybe re-introduce Will Turner but after the third one the Movies began to fall off. Maybe get super creative and have Pirates Travel to Never Never Land as a crossover lol

  23. I’m starting to flirt with the idea that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will be released in May 2017 or July 2017. But Yet, At the same time I know that it hasn’t officially been announced to be delayed from Summer 2016 to Summer 2017. Also, there’s creative(a script) being done on a fifth sequel, but it has not been officially approved for production -> http://www.deadline.com/2014/03/bob-iger-frozen-is-poised-to-pass-toy-story-3-as-no-1-all-time-in-global-box-office/ . So, It Doesn’t mean that it has been cancelled or anything that puts it in danger of not happening. The Disney execs are just waiting for Jeff Nathanson to finish writing the script, to hopefully approve of it so that Pirates 5 can happen.

  24. @Araceli Roach
    There is just no way that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will be released in 2016. It has a script that Jeff Nathanson is still writing, and the Disney execs still have yet to hopefully approve of the script because Jeff Nathanson is still in the process of writing Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales script. At this point a 2017 release date is the most likely year that, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will be released to theaters.

  25. Yes i wanna see another one. although with a new cast surround Jack Sparrow might not work for me, considering I thought penelope cruzs character in Pirates 4 was bad, and the other crew members I didnt care about. That being said, I was surprised to hear Pirates 4 made that much money. so its pretty obvious Jack Sparrow is still popular. Greenlight it u idiots.

    • @Vincent
      They cannot greenlight it until Jeff Nathanson finishes writing the script and gives it the Disney Execs. Hopefully the Disney Execs will like the story/plot enough on the script, to greenlight it so that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales can happen.

  26. The one of the reasons Disney is uncertain about Pirates 5 (other then the script still being worked on), is because of how bad The Lone Ranger bombed last July which was a $190 million write off. That’s Also because of its bad reviews and it opening up against Despicable Me 2. But Disney made most the money back with the success of Frozen just like how John Carter bombed back in 2012, Disney then made most of its money back with The Avengers after that. I’m pretty sure Jerry Bruckhiemer will return as producer even though he left Disney last year and moved to Paramount. Pirates 5 might be a hit and the only competition it would have would be Thor 3 and The Lego Movie 2 in May 2017. Its predecessors were successful even with other big movies in theaters at the same time they were, like when Thor and Pirates 4 opened theaters back in May 2011. Disney probably will still make Pirates 5 and eventually set a release date for at least sometime in May 2017, just as long as the script is completed and approved to move forward by Disney execs, Johnny Depp, the Directors, etc.

  27. Disney should still make Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and set a release date for July 2017. The real reason Disney is uncertain is because of how bad The Lone Ranger bombed last July which was a $190 million dollar write off, but they made most the money back with the success of Frozen just like how John Carter and Frankenweenie bombed back in 2012. Disney made most of its money back with The Avengers. I’m pretty sure Jerry Bruckhiemer will return as producer even though he left Disney last year and moved to Paramount. The Lone Ranger bombed was because of bad reviews opening up against Despicable Me 2 on the July 4th weekend. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales can be a huge hit and the only real competition it would have is Despicable Me 3 and The Lego Movie 2.

    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has not been cancelled it has only been delayed possibly to at least May 2017 or July 2017, due to the script still being worked on and the Disney Execs, Johnny Depp, the Directors and Jerry Bruckheimer still having yet to read and hopefully approve of the script. The script has been in the process of being re-written since September 10th 2013. So of course it is going to be a while, before we officially find out if Pirates 5 is happening or not. We’re not going to find out officially if it will be happening, until possibly sometime in 2015 if I had to guess. It did take Terry Rossio and Ted Elliott almost 3 years (September 2008 – To Sometime in or before June 2010) to write Pirates 4′s script.

  28. Looks like Pirates 5 may be the last Pirates of the Caribbean movie :( http://www.m1905.com/video/play/745728.shtml

  29. From Collider.com regarding Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales…..
    Producer Jerry Bruckheimer Talks PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 5 and BEVERLY HILLS COP 4; Hopes to Shoot Both This Year
    http://collider.com/pirates-of-the-carribean-5-news/

    “Blockbuster producer Jerry Bruckheimer always has marquee projects in the works. One of his biggest, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, was set to release its fifth entry—reportedly titled Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales—on July 10, 2015. But the film was delayed so that directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki) would have more time to work on the script with screenwriter Jeff Nathanson (Rush Hour 3). In a recent interview, Bruckheimer provided an update on the film saying he ‘”hopes to ‘get that going” by this fall or end of the year’ if everything lines up properly.” I can’t imagine Disney wanting to let the franchise rest for long, especially since its latest entry, On Stranger Tides, raked in over a billion dollars worldwide. Bruckheimer also said Johnny Depp is expected to come back (I don’t see how you make these movies without him) and “they’d be happy to have Keith Richards return.”

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