“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” will not be coming to theaters in 2016 as previously announced late last year. The fifth installment of the fantasy adventure franchise was originally set to be released in 2015, but was moved to 2016. News of production being delayed even further made the rounds back in March, with script issues cited as the biggest reason. Variety  reports that the due date set for the film has changed again to July 7, 2017, but faces very stiff competition from the July 14th release of “Fantastic Four 2″ and the June 30th debut of “Despicable Me 3.”

'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' due date has changed again to July 7, 2017

‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5’ due date has changed again to July 7, 2017

The first thing that comes to mind is the big budget flop “The Lone Ranger” that might have something to do with the multiple date changes. When asked if the delay had something to do with it, producer Jerry Bruckheimer admittedly said:

“It’s all a factor. We want a script that everyone’s signed off on and a budget that everyone’s signed off on,” “everybody’s more cautious”.

It will be hard for Disney to make a loss on a lucrative franchise that has raked in over $3.7 billion at the global box office. Johnny Depp is such a pleasure to watch as the eccentric pirate Jack Swarrow. I don’t think there are any reasons why moviegoers wouldn’t want to see the great trickster of the Caribbean back behind the helm to find new adventures.

“Kon Tiki” duo Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg will direct the fifth installment.