In a recent interview, Jerry Bruckheimer seemed pretty confident that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth film in the lucrative Disney franchise, was going to be in front of cameras before the end of 2014. That might not be the case, though, as Disney CEO Alan Horn claims there isn't even a script yet.

Speaking at the Tribeca Film Festival today in New York, Alan Horn gave this update on the sequel.

"We haven't seen a screenplay yet that I've been able to sign off on... There's a lot of variables that effect the final outcome once it leaves the studio lot, so we are very careful."

This follows a /pirates-of-the-caribbean-5-not-yet-greenlit-at-disney/report from March, where Disney chairman Bob Iger revealed at the studio's company shareholder meeting in Portland, Oregon, that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales had not been given the greenlight.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales was originally set to be released July 10, 2015, but was delayed so that directors Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning could revamp the script by Jeff Nathanson.

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Johnny Depp is set to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow. Back in November, Christoph Waltz was rumored to be interested in playing the villainous Captain Brand, who battles Jack and his father Teague (Keith Richards) as they search for a mythical trident. That story was also said to feature a romantic interest for Jack in Carina Smyth, the 30-year-old daughter of Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush).

All of this may be scrapped at this point, as the studio struggles to come up with a workable story that will please fans of the long-running franchise. Jerry Bruckheimer did seem sure that Keith Richards would be back, presumably in his biggest role to date for the series.

Right now, it sounds highly unlikely that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will be up and running anytime before 2015. No new release date has been issued by Disney. But hasn't abandoned all hope. About a 2014 start date, he relents,

"It's possible."
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