Pirates of the Caribbean 5, which is being called Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, though that has only been confirmed by the directors (Espen Sandberg, Joachim Rønning) and not Disney, is being delayed due to issues with the screenplay. Originally slated for release July 2015, it is now being pushed past summer.

Disney hopes to have the sequel in theaters by summer 2016, but that is not confirmed at this time. Production is still slated to begin this fall, but much later than originally anticipated.

While script issues are being sighted by Disney, the move to delay the film comes in the aftermath of the mega-budget The Lone Ranger (also starring Johnny Depp) flopping at the box office. Disney is reporting that the $250 million production might lead to a $190 million loss for the studio.

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Terry Rossio wrote the original draft of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, with Jeff Nathanson (Men in Black 3) currently doing rewrites. More on this story as it breaks.

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