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Pirates of the Caribbean 5 delayed until beyond 2015

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Story by Jack Foley

THE next installment in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has been delayed beyond its initial summer 2015 release date.

The news was broken by The Hollywood Reporter, the trade publication that quotes sources as stating that the film is now being eyed for a summer 2016 release instead.

Production is expected to begin this autumn, which is later than originally planned.

According to the report, script issues are said to be behind the delay but Disney could also be hedging its bets as the summer of 2015 looks set to become one of the biggest and most congested of all-time.

Aside from Pirates, Disney already plans to release the new Star Wars movie, while there’s also the final installment in The Hunger Games franchise, a new Terminator, Independence Day 2 and Batman versus Superman among the contenders vying for box office domination.

The move also comes after the failure of “The Lone Ranger”: at the box office, which could lead to a $190 million write down for the studio.

Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is set to star Johnny Depp and will be directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg (of Kon-Tiki fame). Jeff Nathanson is writing the current draft of the script.

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