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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.

Is 2015 The Year Disney Dominates Hollywood & What Does This Mean For The Competition?

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 2, 2013 11:05 AM
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Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress, an attraction built for the 1964's World's Fair that is still in operation at Florida's Magic Kingdom theme park, is one of the most emblematic for the company – it incorporates an emphasis on family values with a kind of sunny futurism that both Walt Disney the man (who oversaw the original attraction) and Walt Disney the company strove to maintain. Its theme song contains an earworm-y chorus of "It’s a great big beautiful tomorrow, shining at the end of every day." That great big beautiful tomorrow is coming soon; in 2015, Disney will dominate the cinematic marketplace in a way that no other studio has in the history of the medium (at least since people started paying attention to that kind of thing). But what will that mean for everybody else? How greatly will movies in general be affected by Disney's great big beautiful tomorrow?

Brad Bird's '1952,' 'Muppets 2' & 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Set For 2014, 'Pirates 5' Coming In 2015

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2013 3:36 PM
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Lord have mercy. We are barely two weeks into 2013, and now we have to mark our calendars for the onslaught of blockbusters in 2014. So sit back, get out your day planner and schedule your vacations accordingly.

'Catch Me if You Can' Writer Hired To Pen 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 12, 2013 3:30 PM
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Remember when bloggers said "Pirates of the Caribbean 5" would begin shooting in November of 2012 because the always-reliable Caribbean Business was reporting that Disney has confirmed a Puerto Rico shoot last year? Yeah, that didn't obviously happen. In fact, while a script for a fifth 'Pirates' movie was reportedly finished in May of 2011, clearly it's not ready for prime time and the film isn't going in front of cameras any time soon.

Disney Would Prefer 'The Rum Diary' Didn't Exist, Bans ABC Networks From Talking About It

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 24, 2011 2:40 AM
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'Pirates Of The Caribbean 5' Apparently Aiming To Start Production In Summer 2012It's easy to forget what a roll of the dice Marvel took in casting Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in "Iron Man." At the time, the actor was still best known for his checkered and controversial past, and the studio was concerned about attaching Robert Downey Jr. to one of their centerpiece franchises as any bad behaviour would put not only the box office into jeopardy, but sequels, licensing opportunities and more. And while Johnny Depp certainly isn't a bad boy, it's that kind of thinking that still dominates the executives overseeing lucrative, four-quadrant franchises, and they will do anything to protect the wholesome, family image that has allowed them to print money.

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