Did Tonto Kill Jack Sparrow? Fifth 'Pirates of Caribbean' Movie Delayed

September 11, 2013

Disney has announced that the next installment of the Pirates of the Carribbean franchise, originally scheduled for a summer 2015 release, will be delayed. The planed fifth film, titled Pirates of the Carribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, was to be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and feature Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow.

Bruckheimer cited script issues as the reason for the delay, and said he hopes the film will be in theaters in summer 2016. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Bruckheimer said that "everybody’s more cautious" after the summer of 2013.

The veteran producer did not explicitly attribute that caution to The Lone Ranger, but it's hard not to make the connection. The disappointing performance of the $250 million western, which starred Johnny Depp as a controversial Tonto, has Disney on pace for a write-off of as much as $190 million this quarter.

Bruckheimer's Pirates movies have all made a lot of money; they've also cost a pretty penny to produce. As THR pointed out, Disney has plenty of films slated for summer 2015 -- a "Batman vs. Superman" movie, Star Wars: Episode VII, a new Avengers flick, and an animated Pixar production -- that may look like better bets than the fifth Pirates in the wake of the Lone Ranger debacle.