Disney Delays Release of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’

The fifth installment in the wildly popular and successful Pirates of the Caribbean film series has been put on hold.

The movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, was scheduled for a 2015 release, but that has been pushed back to at least 2016.

According to sources, the film’s producer Jerry Bruckheimer has said the decision to delay the film was made because of script issues.

Disney’s recent box office flop The Lone Ranger – which cost $250 million to make – is reportedly going to cost the company a $190 million write down in the next fiscal report.

The fifth film in the Pirates franchise also need Johnny Depp to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow, but Depp is set to star in Into the Woods and Alice in Wonderland 2, so it is possible his availability is also an issue that lead to the delay.

The first four Pirates films grossed more than $3 billion worldwide, with On Stranger Tides earning $1 billion.

Disney’s movie slate for 2015 is still full, even without Pirates 5. Star Wars: Episode VII, another Avenger’s film, and Pixar’s Inside Out are all scheduled for release that year.