Producer Jerry Bruckheimer
says the decision to push Pirates of Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
, which is set to return Johnny Depp
to the Capt. Jack Sparrow role, was made because of script issues. He is hopeful that the film can be ready for summer 2016.
“We have an outline everyone loves but the script is not done,” Bruckheimer revealed in an exclusive interview with THR
The move comes in the aftermath of The Lone Ranger'
s failure at the box office this summer. Disney has said that the $250 million-plus production from the team behind the Pirates
movies could lead to a $190 million write down for the studio.
Asked whether the potential price tag of the next Pirates
film played a role in the delay, Bruckheimer replies, “It’s all a factor. We want a script that everyone’s signed off on and a budget that everyone’s signed off on.” (Such projects have cost as much as $300 million in the past.) Coming up with a great script is “always hard,” Bruckheimer says, and after this summer, “everybody’s more cautious.”