Disney has delayed the release of the next installment of its hugely successful Pirates of the Caribbean franchise to 2016 because of “script issues,” a decision that comes in the wake of a series of big budget Hollywood flops. Meanwhile, the studio chose Puerto Rico as the new location for filming Pirates of Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales due to the country’s incentives” that they have been using to try and bring Hollywood to the island nation. Originally, Johnny Depp and some of the other cast members were due to arrive on the island between January and February of this year to begin filming the sequel, but that has also been placed on hold. The film was originally set to be released in July 2015 but has been pushed back to at least summer 2016.
According to The Telegraph, one of the major flops this summer included Disney’s The Lone Ranger, which was ignored by audiences and savaged by critics. It forced the studio to take a write down of up to $190 million (£120 million). Johnny Depp, who starred in The Lone Ranger, is also the main draw for the Pirates of the Caribbean films. The first four instalments have earned $3.73 billion at the global box office since the first was released in 2003. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer told The Hollywood Reporter that “everybody’s more cautious” after last summer, adding: “We have an outline everyone loves but the script is not done.”
Melba Bruguera (Primera Hora) reports that Johnny Depp is happy to return to Puerto Rico for the third time; he was impressed with the island after having filmed Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and The Rum Diary. She writes “The compass of Captain Jack Sparrow [. . .] always guides [him] to the place where he most wants to be, and at this time it is Puerto Rico.”
Roosevelt Roads Naval Base in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, will host and main location filming Pirates of the Caribbean 5. In addition to providing access to tape scenes close to the sea, the crew members will also have at their disposal docks and ample space to recreate a village with several taverns. The base’s isolated environment is also suitable for sequences that require the use of explosives and demolition of structures built for the film.
Bruguera says that Walt Disney Pictures is not the only company that has eyed Roosevelt Roads for the filming of an ambitious production. NBC is also filming of the pilot of its Crossbones series (whose main character is veteran actor John Malkovich) on this naval base. In production, the actor will play the pirate “Edward Teach,” better known as “Blackbeard.”
For full articles, see http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/film-news/10302914/Disney-delays-next-Pirates-of-the-Caribbean-film-following-summer-flops.html and http://www.disneypotco.com/forum/showthread.php/7145-More-Pirates-5-Filming-Details-in-Puerto-Rico