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Dead Men Tell No Tales
Production credits

Joachim Rønning
Espen Sandberg[1]


Jerry Bruckheimer[2][3]

Executive Producer

Mike Stenson[4]
Chad Oman[3]
Joe Caracciolo, Jr.[3]
Terry Rossio[4]
Brigham Taylor[3]


Jeff Nathanson[5][3]

Based on

Walt Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean
Characters by:
Ted Elliott
Terry Rossio
Stuart Beattie
Jay Wolpert


Paul Cameron


Joel Cox
Gary D. Roach


Geoff Zanelli[6]

Acting credits

Johnny Depp[3]
Javier Bardem[3]
Brenton Thwaites[3]
Kaya Scodelario[3]
Geoffrey Rush[3]


Walt Disney Pictures
Jerry Bruckheimer Films[2]
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Release date

May 26, 2017 (United States)[7]


$320 million

Preceeded by

On Stranger Tides

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (also known as Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Revenge of Salazar) is the upcoming fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise and is set to be released on May 26, 2017, as the sequel to On Stranger Tides. The film is directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. The film stars Johnny Depp (Captain Jack Sparrow), Javier Bardem (Captain Salazar), Brenton Thwaites (Henry), Kaya Scodelario (Carina Smyth) and Geoffrey Rush (Barbossa).

Pre-production for the film started in 2011 with Terry Rossio writing a script for the film. In early 2013, Jeff Nathanson was hired to write a new script with Depp being involved in Nathanson's writing process. Initially planned for a 2015 release, the film was pushed back to 2016 and then 2017, due to script and budget issues. Principal photography started in Australia in February 2015 after the Australian government offered Disney $20 million of tax incentives.


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Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales." The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil's Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack's only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.[8][3]


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  • Devil's Triangle (Possible appearance)

Organizations and groups




Shortly before the release of On Stranger Tides, preparations were being made for Pirates of the Caribbean 5. When Entertainment Tonight reporter Mark Steines visited the On Stranger Tides set shot at the Universal Studios Hollywood backlot in summer 2010, producer Jerry Bruckheimer said, "if people show up for 4, we'll certainly try and do a 5. We're already working on a story, laid out some kind of interesting beats, things we’d like to see in 5. So that's where our writers are working."[20] On December 3, 2010, HitFix reported that Disney began quietly telling the cast and crew of the fourth film to not occupy their time in the near future, as the studio intended to shoot a fifth and sixth film back-to-back.[21] However, it had since been stated that only a fifth film was in the works.[22]

On January 13, 2011, screenwriter Terry Rossio was confirmed to write the screenplay for the fifth installment, but without his writing partner, Ted Elliott.[23][24] On May 2011, it was reported that Terry Rossio delivered the script for the fifth film to Disney executives,[25] but the report was later debunked by Rossio himself.[26] Johnny Depp said that he would be happy to return as Captain Jack Sparrow.[27] After receiving positive responses at test screenings of On Stranger Tides, producer Jerry Bruckheimer indicated that the fifth film would be a stand-alone film.[28]

On June 2011, it was reported that Disney has a wishlist of directors they would like to direct, as Rob Marshall has not yet accepted nor declined to direct. The list includes Tim Burton, Sam Raimi, Alfonso Cuarón, Shawn Levy, Chris Weitz, and original Pirates director Gore Verbinski. Verbinski and Burton were Disney's top choices as they have both worked with Disney and Johnny Depp on previous projects.[29] On July 2011, Jerry Bruckheimer posted on Facebook that they had a draft and were working on the film.[2] It was also reported that Johnny Depp was close to a deal for the fifth film.[30] On October 2011, Jerry Bruckheimer confirmed that they were in the outline phase, "We have a script, but we decided we could do better," implying that rewrites were underway.[31][32] Bruckheimer later noted that Terry Rossio was doing his "usual phenomenal work" on the film's script.[33] In an interview, Kevin McNally implied that a 2012 production start date was possible.[34] Because of the financial success of On Stranger Tides, it was believed that Rob Marshall may return to direct. However, as of January 2012, Terry Rossio was still reworking the script, and that Rob Marshall and Johnny Depp were still not signed on.[35]

On January 11, 2013, Jeff Nathanson had been hired to write the script for the film,[36] though it is unclear whether or not Nathanson would be working from Terry Rossio's draft or if he'll be tackling the project as a page one rewrite.[5] On January 14, Disney announced that Pirates of the Caribbean 5 would be released on July 10, 2015.[37][38] On May 9, Deadline reported that Disney's short list of directors included Fredrik Bond, Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg, and Rupert Sanders.[39] On May 29, Norwegian duo Rønning and Sandberg were confirmed to direct.[1] Producer Jerry Bruckheimer stated that the duo's latest movie at the time, Kon-Tiki, convinced him that they were capable of directing. Rønning and Sandberg were interested in making the fifth Pirates so they settled in Hollywood and started working on it. Bruckheimer also said that the film would maintain the mixture of high seas adventure and supernatural horror and implied that part of the fifth installment may film in Louisiana, before quickly adding: "But it will also be set in the Caribbean, obviously."[40]

On August 22, Rønning and Sandberg revealed that the film's title would be Dead Men Tell No Tales, alluding to the line well-known from the original Pirates of the Caribbean attraction.[41] The duo also confirmed that they begun work on the film, speaking highly of the script and that they were influenced by the first film, The Curse of the Black Pearl.[42] "We have a great script that Jeff Nathanson has written," Sandberg said. "It's really funny and touching. We're really looking forward to realizing everything."[43]

On September 10, 2013, it was reported that the film had been delayed beyond its initial 2015 release due to issues with the script,[44] and that Jeff Nathanson was at work on a second attempt based on a well-received outline.[45]

On March 18, 2014, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger stated that the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film has not yet been given the greenlight.[46][47] On July 23, 2014, Disney announced that the film had been slated in a new release date of July 7, 2017.[48][49]

On April 2014, Johnny Depp said in an interview that Bruckheimer and Disney had invited him in to collaborate with screenwriter Jeff Nathanson to bring a "fresh and very different" Pirates film, implying that it might be the last one in the series.[50] Depp was quoted in saying:[51]

Everyone involved wants the script to be right and perfect. So we have gone on to do other things (in the meantime). We are still going to do the film together. I enjoy them immensely. They are super talented. They have a great sense of humor. I think they have a really fun approach to what we are going to do with the next 'Pirates.' Very happily and proudly, I have welcomed taking part in the story and working directly with the screenwriter (Jeff Nathanson)—he and I. It's working out really well that way. So I have high hopes for that 'Pirates 5' because if that's really the last one, which it probably is, I feel that we owe it to the audience who went and saw the films so many times. We'll do it right and end it on a high note.

Later that month, Jerry Bruckheimer spoke about the fifth Pirates, "We're working on it, it's hopefully moving forward. Johnny is excited about it, obviously Disney is, we're excited about it. So hopefully we'll get that going this fall or end of the year if everything lines up properly."[52] Bruckheimer declined to speculate about a sixth Pirates film, saying simply, "We make 'em one at a time."[53]



Johnny Depp with the directing duo, Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg.

In 2013, producer Jerry Bruckheimer implied that part of the fifth installment may film in Louisiana, before quickly adding: "But it will also be set in the Caribbean, obviously."[40] On January 15, 2014, directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg confirmed that shooting would start in Puerto Rico and New Orleans at the end of 2014.[54] Bruckheimer previously mentioned that there might be a sequence in Louisiana,[40] and Rønning and Sandberg were aboard the Sunset in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.[55] As of June 2014, Bruckheimer stated a possible production start date of early 2015.[56][57]

A spokesman for the Australian Arts Minister, George Brandis, confirmed that Pirates of the Caribbean 5 was set to shoot in Australia after the government agreed to repurpose $20 million of tax incentives originally intended for the remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.[58] According to Australian film industry sources, pre-production started in late September 2014 and filming is expected to commence in February 2015.[59] This was officially confirmed by Disney and the Queensland Arts Minister on October 2, 2014, stating that filming will take place exclusively in Australia, being the largest production to ever shoot in the country. Village Roadshow Studios and Port Douglas were officially confirmed as filming locations.[60]

On January 1, 2015, the Rainbow Gypsy, a 15-year-old replica of an 1897 Scottish bawley sailed into the Gold Coast, Australia, to start the extensive refit, which included a new bowsprit and reconfigured decks and cabins in order to become the Dying Gull.


Johnny Depp said that he would be happy to return as Captain Jack Sparrow, saying "As long as we can put all the puzzle pieces together, I would most definitely consider it".[61] Speaking at the fourth film's press launch in Cannes, Depp said he would play the role for as long as it was popular with the public.[62] On August 2012, news surfaced that Johnny Depp reportedly signed on for a fifth film.[63]

Geoffrey Rush had commented on returning as Hector Barbossa, saying "If they keep shapeshifting this character, absolutely" as well as implying he may return as the villain.[64] Rush also said that Barbossa's megalomania "could explode in horrific ways."[65] Though he had said that the script had to be in good shape before making the film, adding "You can't start shooting this sort of stuff, if there’s holes in it. But, as to when it will go, I know nothing."[66] On December 2014, Rush confirmed his return, where his and Depp's characters were "at the heart of it and there's a whole new set of story lines." Rush also complimented producer Jerry Bruckheimer and praised the Norwegian directing team Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg.[67]

When the topic came up of returning as Joshamee Gibbs in the pending sequel, Kevin McNally was philosophical, saying that Gibbs "could get eaten by some off-screen sea beast," while pointing out that he's not the one who decides if his character comes back or not. McNally continued in saying he does hope Mr. Gibbs is brought back, as he the character was a very useful device in "clarifying key plot points for the audience."[68]

During the premiere of The Three Musketeers, Orlando Bloom said he would like to return to the Pirates franchise if he was offered.[69] On September 2012, when asked on if she would return as Angelica, Penélope Cruz admitted that she had not heard anything or read a script.[70] On October 2012, Keith Richards stated he had the costume, for Captain Teague, and that he's waiting for the heads up from his friend and co-star Johnny Depp.[71] When asked if Richards would return, Bruckheimer responded, "I hope so. We'd love to have him back, so we'll see."[72]

There had been several interviews with actors Lee Arenberg[73][74] and Mackenzie Crook[75][76] who both made statements about their return as Pintel and Ragetti. Crook also revealed that the film-makers had been in touch with his agent to discuss his availability, having previous called about appearing in On Stranger Tides, but it didn't happen as it was decided the film didn't need those characters, and made the assumption that the characters are being written back in the next film.[77]

It was also reported that Disney are looking at young actors for the lead role of "Henry" with Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton, George MacKay, Brenton Thwaites, Mitchell Hope and Sam Keeley as candidates of the role.[9] On November 21, 2014, Australian actor Brenton Thwaites was in discussions to appear in the film.[10] On February 4, 2015, it was reported that Adam Brown, Delroy Atkinson and Danny Kirrane have joined the film's cast.[17]


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  • This would be the first POTC film that was written without Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio. Since before the release of On Stranger Tides in 2011, Rossio had done some work on the film's script,[33] but was later replaced by Jeff Nathanson in 2013.
  • As of the start of the film's production on February 2015, Mike Stenson and Terry Rossio were not listed as Executive Producers of the film,[3] which supposedly confirmed they are no longer associated with the Pirates franchise. Despite this, both of their names appear to be listed under the "Productions" list on Rossio's website (Wordplayer[4]) and the film's credits.
  • Dead Men Tell No Tales would be the first film in the franchise not to feature composer Hans Zimmer, with his place taken by Geoff Zanelli, one of Zimmer’s longtime protégés.[78]

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Notes and references

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Jerry wrote: "To answer many questions: we do... - Jerry Bruckheimer Films Official - Facebook
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 Breaking – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is Now Filming | Disney Insider | Articles
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 WORDPLAY/Company/Scheherazade Productions
  5. 5.0 5.1 Jeff Nathanson to Write Pirates of the Caribbean 5 -
  6. Geoff Zanelli on Twitter: "It's true!"
  7. Disney Sets New Dates for “Star Wars: Episode VIII” and “Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” - The Walt Disney Company
  8. 8.0 8.1 Official website
  9. 9.0 9.1 Oh, Henry! Disney Chasing Hearththrobs For Next ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ - Deadline
  10. 10.0 10.1 Brenton Thwaites in Talks to Join 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' (Exclusive) - The Wrap
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Johnny Depp appears as Jack Sparrow at D23 Expo 2015
  12. Kevin McNally on Twitter: "#p5dmtnt Day one and a 3.30 am call. Things can only get better. Well later anyhow."
  13. 13.0 13.1 Name appears in Disney Movie Trailers description.
  14. D23 Expo 2015 | Inside the Magic
  15. Martin Klebba on Twitter: "@QuintonAaron in Australia starting Pirates 5"
  16. Adam Brown on Twitter: "It's OFFICIAL! I'll be joining the cast ...
  17. 17.0 17.1 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' Adds Three to Cast | Variety
  18. Paul McCartney Joins 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' | Deadline
  19. Wasted: Danny Kirrane reveals what it was like working alongside Sean Bean on the new Channel Four series | The Independent
  20. JHM: "On Stranger Tides" will attempt to recapture the fun & adventure of Disney's first "Pirates" picture
  21. EXCLUSIVE: Disney will set sail for Pirates of the Caribbean 5 & 6 back-to-back -
  22. Re: Pirates 5 News? - SCRIPTS Message Board -
  23. Disney Sets Terry Rossio To Script Fifth 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Installment -
  24. Terry Rossio Boards Pirates of the Caribbean 5 -
  25. 'Pirates 5' Script Delivered to Disney But Johnny Depp Wants to 'Hold Off for a Bit' (Exclusive) - The Hollywood Reporter
  26. Regarding P5 Screenplay - View topic - News POTC 4- DISCUSSION ONLY- SPOILERS!! Part Dos KEEPER
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  28. Future 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Sequels Will Be Standalone Stories - Screen Rant
  29. Sam Raimi, Shawn Levy And Others Being Considered For Pirates 5 Directing Job - Cinema Blend
  30. Johnny Depp Close to Deal for Fifth 'Pirates' Movie - TheWrap
  31. Jerry Bruckheimer Talks Lone Ranger Cuts, Pirates 5 -
  32. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer Talks THE LONE RANGER Budget Negotiations; Plus Brief Update on PIRATES 5 -
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  34. EXCLUSIVE: Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Gears Up for Summer 2012 Shoot -
  35. ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5′ Is Being Rewritten; Rob Marshall May Direct - Screen Rant
  36. Disney hires writer for 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' | Variety
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  38. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Announces New Release Dates! -
  39. Disney Getting Close On 'Pirates 5' Director; Here’s The Short List -
  40. 40.0 40.1 40.2 Exclusive: Jerry Bruckheimer Talks Status Of 'Pirates Of The Caribbean 5' & 'Top Gun 2' - Blogs - Indiewire
  41. Exclusive: And The Title Of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 5 Will Be... - This Is Infamous
  42. Interview: KON-TIKI Directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg - This Is Infamous
  43. 'Pirates Of The Caribbean 5' Directors Tease 'Dead Men' Sequel - Music, Celebrity, Artist News |
  44. Disney Delays Voyage Of ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean 5′; Eyeing 2016 -
  45. 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' Delayed Beyond Summer 2015 - The Hollywood Reporter
  46. Disney Reveals New Pirates of the Caribbean Attraction, Says a Fifth Film is Still Uncertain -
  47. Twitter / marcgraser: Disney's Bob Iger says that...
  48. Twitter / DisneyPictures: Just announced: The fifth...
  49. Raise a Black Flag! A New Pirates of the Caribbean Film Is Coming | Disney Insider
  50. Interview with Johnny Depp, "Pirates of the Caribbean 5" or will be the last one - Movie Network -
  51. Depp has high hopes for 'Pirates 5' - Inquirer Entertainment
  52. Jerry Bruckheimer on Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Beverly Hills Cop and Top Gun -
  53. Jerry Bruckheimer Reveals Netflix Talks, 'Beverly Hills Cop' Reboot Details (Video) - The Hollywood Reporter
  54. Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg Contract ‘Amnesia’ As Possible Post-'Pirates' Project: Video
  55. Roenberg - Timeline Photos - Facebook
  56. Jerry Bruckheimer Hopes ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5′ Shoots Early in 2015 - /Film
  57. 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5′ to Shoot in Early 2015? - Screen Rant
  58. Pirates of the Caribbean 5 gets green light to shoot in Australia - The Guardian
  59. EXCLUSIVE: Open for business! Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 starts production Down Under with cast and crew arriving...and Johnny Depp set to join them next year - Daily Mail
  60. Pirates of the Caribbean movie confirmed to film in Queensland - The Sydney Morning Herald
  61. Johnny Depp Game for Fifth Pirates of the Caribbean -
  62. Johnny Depp pledges future to 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' | Film & TV News | NME.COM
  63. Johnny Depp to earn $90 m for pirate reprise - Sydney Morning Herald
  64. JHM: Geoffrey Rush isn't rushing to exit Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" film franchise
  65. Geoffrey Rush On 'Pirates' 4: Jack Sparrow Has Met His Match - Parade
  66. Geoffrey Rush Talks THE EYE OF THE STORM and Pirates of the Caribbean 5 -
  67. 'He knows Australia quite well!': Geoffrey Rush says Johnny Depp enjoyed secret trips to Austrailia | Daily Mail Online
  68. Jim Hill: "I Get to Walk off Into the Sunset With Johnny Depp?" - Huffington Post
  69. Orlando Bloom would love to go back to Pirates of the Carribean - Daily Star
  71. Keith Richards | Keith Richards to star in Pirates 5 |
  72. Jerry Bruckheimer on Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Beverly Hills Cop and Top Gun -
  73. Breaking: Lee Arenberg interview | Outright Geekery
  74. Pirates of The Caribbean 5 Lee Arenberg Interview - YouTube
  75. BBC Radio 5 live - In Short, Crook 'available' for fifth Pirates of the Caribbean
  76. Out of the Office: Mackenzie Crook on David Brent movie - 'Nobody's been in touch' | Film | The Guardian
  77. Mackenzie Crook interview: Game Of Thrones, The Detectorists, Pirates 5 | Den of Geek
  78. Geoff Zanelli to Score Fifth 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Film | Variety

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