Pirates of the Caribbean 5 or Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales has sailed back a year from its planned release date of summer 2015 ( told you some of those movies were moving). With Star Wars Episode VII already moved to Christmas 2015, this probably explains Disney‘s moving of Ant-Man from November 2015 to July 2015 (two weeks after Superman vs. Batman).
The reason for the delay is rather refreshing: they want to get the script just right. Imagine that. Jeff Nathanson‘s writing it and he did the script for Catch Me If You Can, which was the last Spielberg film that didn’t make me nuts at some portion. Bleeding Cool claims to have the plot outline. If you don’t want to know, bugger off here and know that it’s got witches, the Bermuda Triangle and a new female foil for Jack…which means Penelope Cruz is probably still sitting on that island if anyone wants to go get her.
First of all, there’s going to be a new female lead, a sparring partner for Jack Sparrow. She’s nothing like him, mind you – despite being suspected of witchcraft, she’s actually a woman of science. Expect some sexual chemistry, but also expect it to be a touch one sided…
There’s more to her character, but the best stuff is very spoilery.
As for witches, they’re central to whole conceit. There are some other, actual witches involved. If Tia Dalma, from the second and third films, makes another appearance, it’s a minor one but it’ll be very easy to leave her out. These new witches have somewhat less of a hoodoo flavouring.
Keeping up the supernatural flavour, there’s also going to be a ghost in a leading role. It’s this character, a former member of the British military now sided with Barbossa on a revenge mission, that gives the film its title.
And just in case you miss the other half of the equation, the dripping wet Orlando Bloom or Keira Knightley roles, they’ll this time go to a couple of pretty young Brits from farming families. They’re pure subplot fodder, however, and if anything gets the chop it will be these two.
I can tell you that the film starts with a rather awkward wedding and climaxes with a riff on the myth of the Bermuda Triangle.
All in all, it seems to be just the sort of thing you’d expect from a Pirates movie.
I love the first Pirates film. I dislike the second Pirates film. I think the third Pirates film is one of the worst things I’ve ever seen. I liked the fourth Pirates film, which apparently many did not. Well, it made a billion dollars so someone liked it. I’m fine with these continuing on now that they made one to make me forget the gaggle of mini-Jacks in the third. I’m encouraged they’re taking the time to get it right. Pirates 5 will now open in summer 2016, which still has real estate left to claim if anyone else wants to blink.