The fifth film in the decade old franchise has unveiled its official title today, Johnny Depp will once again reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Despite suffering some of the worst reviews in the film series yet 2010’ On Stranger Tides sailed past the $1 billion mark at the box office. Takings domestically were down which show clear signs of franchise fatigue but $241 million is nothing to be sniffed at. Overseas it was a very different story as the fourth voyage amassed over $800 million.
Looking to restore some credibility to the brand Disney made a bold (but wise) move hiring Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg to share directing duties after the duo rose to notirity in 2012 for their Academy Award nominated film Kon Tiki. Telling the true story of Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl, the small scale but stunningly shot adventure makes their take on the Pirates world an exciting proposition.
Dead Men Tell No Tales will be the first in the series not written by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, this time round Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can and Tower Heist) is crafting the story.
Disney tried to recreate the Pirates magic this summer with The Lone Ranger, reuniting Johnny Depp with director Gore Verbinski, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and writers Elliot & Rossio. Missing the mark entirely the movie failed to find an audience and wound up netting an estimated $160 million loss. Still it could have been worse, John Carter lost $200 million. As a result of this misfire, Disney have reportedly ‘restructured’ Jerry Bruckheimer’s contract which could result in him losing final cut approval on his productions. Perhaps the failings of The Lone Ranger will spur Disney on to make a better Pirates movie, I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will be released July 10 2015.