Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
and maybe they should tell no tales, after all…
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will be the 5th movie in a franchise opened by Curse of the Black Pearl, in 2003. And we might add that, since this first film, the franchise has become more and more tired with every sequel made.
Thus, if Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was a terrific adventure film with pirates, zombies (or whatever they were called), lots of comedy, plenty of action, and an amazing Johnny Depp in the lead role, by the time Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides arrived one thing became more and more obvious: the franchise lost its mojo even from the first film.
Sure enough, even if the quality of the plot decreased with each installment, the franchise made a ton of cash at the international box-office, with On Stranger Tides earning more than $1 billion. So is there any surprise to the fact that, after 6 years, another Pirates of the Caribbean will appear?
No, there is no surprise, and we were actually wondering why it took Disney so long to come with another sequel. Sure enough, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (that’s a mouthful, isn’t it?) was announced even before On Stranger Tides was released, with the intention of shooting the 5th and 6th films in the franchise back to back, as soon as possible.
“Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea… including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.”
It wasn’t so, since only after 2 years writers and directors were found – and this delay may have occurred mainly because of the very poor reviews On Stranger Tides received. Alas, in 2013, Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg were both announced to direct Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, with the cast from the previous movies set to return.
Another bump was met, however, in the same year, when Disney began questioning Johnny Depp’s bankability. In 2013, The Lone Ranger bombed spectacularly, so the execs of the studio decided to postpone the release date (aimed, initially, sometime in 2015), with the intention of finding a better script and diminishing the budget (reportedly, after this movie, Johnny Depp will become the highest-paid star ever).
So, as Orlando Bloom said, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales might just be a soft reboot: “Basically they want to reboot the whole franchise, I think, and do something with me and the relationship with my son.”
The filming of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales began in February 2015, with the aim of finishing the shooting in July the same year.
However, it may not end up as Disney planned it, since there were several issues on the set already, involving the injuring on the set of the main star, problems with the bio-security laws in Australia (the movie being filmed in Queensland), and others. Reportedly, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is already $80 million over budget.
So things don’t look so good for this fading franchise. And while, depending on the success of this 5th installment, we may see some other Pirates of the Caribbean tales, Disney will surely have to consider something else than just soft-rebooting.
The cast of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is comprised of Johnny Depp (Jack Sparrow), Geoffrey Rush (Hector Barbossa, who is expected to come back as one of the villains), Kevin McNally (Joshamee Gibbs), Stephen Graham (Scrum), Orlando Bloom (Will Turner), Brenton Thwaites (Henry, Will Turner’s son), and Javier Bardem as Captain Salazar (the main villain of the movie).
For the moment, if no further delays occur, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is scheduled for release on the 7th of July 2017 (which is a good date since, at this moment, the movie has no direct opponent during its weekend release).