Pirates of the Caribbean 5 has vacated its slot on July 10, 2015 to an unannounced date in 2016.
According to a report from Deadline, Disney has decided to move the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie to 2016 due to budget and script needs. To meet its July 10, 2015 date the film would have needed to start filming in Feb. 2014, with pre-production beginning now. The problem is that Jeff Nathanson, the writer of the film, is only up to the advanced outline stage and the budget and other work would have needed to be based on that, and it can change drastically along the way. Additionally, Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg have been hired to direct, but they have never done a big budget film, so it would have been difficult for all parties involved to pull this off in time properly.
There is also a chance the various arms of Disney may have also finally realized they had Avengers: Age of Ultron, Pixar’s Inside Out, Star Wars Episode VII and Ant-Man all scheduled for 2015. That’s a lot of money heading out the door in the hopes of even more flowing back in. Shifting this film back one year was probably the best course of action Disney could have taken.
Sean Bailey, Disney production president, said of the decision, “Like audiences around the globe, we have high expectations for Jack Sparrow’s next adventure and we want to have all the right elements in place.” He went on to add, “We’re not there yet and we want to make sure this project is everything these wonderful characters and of course the fans deserve.”
[ Source Deadline ]