‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5’ Officially Scheduled for 2017

By July 23, 2014

Hoist your sails and prepare for another swashbuckling adventure: Walt Disney Pictures has announced that Pirates of the Caribbean 5 will arrive in theaters on July 7, 2017.

Kon-Tiki directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg will steer the ship on this sequel, which is cool, but I have my fair share of concerns about this movie. Jeff Nathanson wrote the screenplay, and while he’s the guy who wrote Catch Me If You Can, he’s also the dude responsible for Speed 2: Cruise Control, Rush Hour 3, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and Tower Heist. I’m sure you understand my hesitation to jump for joy at this news.

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Jerry Bruckheimer is coming back to produce, and Johnny Depp is all but assured to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow once again, considering he’s the main character in this franchise. The movie was initially titled Dead Men Tell No Tales, but we’re still not sure about the storyline for this one or what characters it will follow. Will Penelope Cruz’s character from On Stranger Tides return? We’ll have to wait and see. The film was once scheduled to debut in 2015, but it was delayed due to concerns about the script (see, I’m not the only one).

Pirates 5 has the July 7, 2017 release date all to itself at the moment, but it is currently surrounded by the impending releases of Despicable Me 3, The Fantastic Four 2, and a mystery Marvel movie. A release in 2017 means that this movie will come out six years after the release of On Stranger Tides in 2011…will audiences still be interested in Depp’s Jack Sparrow schtick 14 years after the original? I don’t think anyone is really clamoring for another one of these movies – the whole franchise feels played out to me at this point – but the last film made over a billion (with a “b,” people) dollars at the box office, so it makes sense that Disney still thinks there’s some gas left in the tank.

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