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Next 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' Movie May Shoot In 2015, 'At World's End' Most Expensive Film Ever Made

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 24, 2014 11:42 AM
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Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End
The last we heard about "Pirates Of The Caribbean 5" aka "Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" was not so good. Originally slated for release next year, it was taken off the calendar, and of this spring, it still needed a script. But perhaps the pieces are starting to come together? If producer Jerry Bruckheimer has his way, it won't be too long until Johnny Depp is once again blowing up the budget line on mascara.

The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters Ever

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 19, 2014 2:54 PM
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The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters Ever
Over a month ago, perhaps feeling daunted by the seemingly endless summer season stretching out in front of us and the sheer volume of popcorn we were going to have to eat, we brought you our list of The 20 Worst Summer Blockbusters Of All Time. But now that we’re in the thick of it, and we’ve had a few more decent big titles open (“22 Jump Street,” “Edge of Tomorrow” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” all had their charms) we’re turning that frown upside down, and bringing you our rundown of the 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of all time. But that “hooray for everything!” vibe is a little misleading. As we’ve proven to ourselves so many times before, stable, long-term professional relationships of mutual respect and admiration tend not to be shaken by debates over whether “Jonah Hex” is empirically worse than “Battlefield Earth,” but are much more likely likely to be rocked to their very foundations by arguments over whether X treasured childhood classic is better than Y worldwide box-office hit. Let’s have a moment’s silence for the old friendships this list has torn asunder.

Johnny Depp To Star In Long Developing 'The Secret Life Of Houdini'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 27, 2014 5:53 PM
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The Secret Life Of Houdini Johnny Depp
"The Secret Life Of Houdini" has been kicking around Hollywood for years now. Gary Ross and Joe Wright kicked the tires on the project but ultimately decided not to direct, with the less illustrious name of Dean Parisot ("Red 2," "Fun With Dick And Jane," "Galaxy Quest") signing up to direct last summer. But now the film has received a kick in the pants, thanks to none other than Johnny Depp.

'Frozen 2' Not Happening Any Time Soon, 'Pirates 5' Still Needs A Script & 'Jurassic World' Sequels Eyed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 23, 2014 11:51 AM
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Frozen
While Disney honcho Alan Horn's comments about "Star Wars 7" dominated the news yesterday, he also touched upon a couple of other big properties in the Mouse House that fans (and investors) are keeping an eye on.

Further 'Lone Ranger' Fallout: 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' Delayed Beyond Summer of 2015

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 10, 2013 6:22 PM
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When the news broke yesterday that "Ant-Man," Disney and Marvel's adaptation of the superhero second-stringer directed by unproven mainstream quantity Edgar Wright, would move from a relatively pressure-free early November release date to the prime time summer slalom of 2015, we wondered if some other Disney project might be moving out of that same crowded field. After all, the studio has "Star Wars: Episode VII" and "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" due out the same summer, plus another installment in the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise. Well, the other shoe had to drop and today it was announced that 'Pirates 5' is being delayed.

Update: Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah,' 'Pirates Of The Caribbean 5' Gets A Title

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2013 4:18 PM
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While our heads are currently focused on the fall festival season that's about to kick off, some updates have arrived on a couple of blockbuster pics on the watery horizon, so let's get right to it...

Thanks To $190 Million Loss On 'The Lone Ranger,' Disney May Remove Jerry Bruckheimer's Final Cut On 'Pirates 5'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 7, 2013 6:19 PM
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Pirates Of The Caribbean 4, Jerry Bruckheimer, Johnny Depp
We can't imagine that the mood around the conference table with Disney execs, star Johnny Depp and producer Jerry Bruckheimer is all that cheery. With the studio revealing this week that they're getting ready to take a $190 million hit on "The Lone Ranger," it seems to have resulted in the stars of the film lashing out at the press, with both Depp and Armie Hammer accusing critics of having their knives out for the movie before it even opened. As silly as that suggestion is, at the end of the day, money talks and right now Disney isn't ready to risk a couple hundred million more on what could be a costly mess from Depp and Bruckheimer.

Exclusive: Jerry Bruckheimer Talks Status Of 'Pirates Of The Caribbean 5' & 'Top Gun 2'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 21, 2013 12:25 PM
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Pirates Of The Caribbean 4, Jerry Bruckheimer, Johnny Depp
Earlier this week we were out in New Mexico with the cast and crew of next month's "The Lone Ranger," a movie that reunites the cast and crew of the original three "Pirates of the Caribbean" films – director Gore Verbinski, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and star Johnny Depp (this time trading his matted, beady dreadlocks in for a long, feathery mane to play the mystical Tonto). We got to sit down with super-producer Bruckheimer to talk about the making of "The Lone Ranger," and while you'll have to wait a little while for that, we wanted to bring you his updates on sequels to two of his most beloved properties – "Pirates of the Caribbean" (of course) and "Top Gun."

'Kon-Tiki' Helmers Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg To Direct 'Pirates Of The Caribbean 5'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 29, 2013 7:56 PM
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It's hard to find anyone that much likes the second and third films in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise -- though actually, we maintain that both "Dead Man's Chest" and "At World's End" are infinitely more interesting than the majority of blockbusters. But nevertheless, the fourth movie, the even-more-loathed (and correctly so) "On Stranger Tides," proved to be a giant hit, riding international goodwill towards Johnny Depp, and 3D-boosted ticket prices to become a billion-dollar grosser, despite being by some distance the lowest-grosser of the series domestically.

Rupert Sanders & More On The Shortlist To Direct 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2013 5:12 PM
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With "Pirates Of The Caribbean 5" simply an inevitability at this point -- it's already slated for a 2015 release, joining Disney's insane line-up that year -- it looks like the studio wants to keep costs down. Surely, Johnny Depp will be negotiating a Robert-Downey-Jr-making-$50-million-for-The-Avengers sized deal and taking a cut of the back end, which means that in the director's chair, a newer, cheaper face will be given a shot. So that means no Rob Marshall or Gore Verbinski, but perhaps one of these guys.

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