During an appearance at the 54th Monte-Carlo Television Festival earlier this month, producer Jerry Bruckheimer revealed that he hopes to get production started on the gestating Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in early 2015, with Johnny Depp returning as Captain Jack Sparrow.

"(It's a) new adventure from Johnny Depp, Captain Jack, and hopefully we'll get started after the first of the year. That's what we're looking forward to."

The project has suffered a number of delays over the last few years, although it seemed to be getting on the right track last May, when Kon-Tiki filmmakers Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning signed on to direct.

However, we reported in September that the project has been pushed out of its summer 2015 release date, due to script issues. Disney CEO Alan Horn revealed in April that the project still does not have a screenplay he is willing to give the green light to. Jeff Nathanson wrote the most recent draft of the script.

If Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales does begin production in early 2015, it's possible that Disney could release it in the summer of 2016, but nothing has been confirmed at this time.