Captain Jack Sparrow will set sail for stranger tides again — the voyage is just taking longer than expected.
Disney has removed the fifth installment of its Pirates of the Caribbean series from its intended July 10, 2015 release date, with an eye instead for sometime in 2016. According to Deadline, the decision was triggered by a combination of factors, including wanting to get the script right (writer Jeff Nathanson has turned in an advanced outline of the story), and wanting to give directors Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg enough time to prepare for a large-scale production.
Deadline writes, "The decision was made that it wasn't worth rushing until they are sure the script is right." An official statement from Disney's President of Production Sean Bailey backs up that claim: "Like audiences around the globe, we have high expectations for Jack Sparrow's next adventure and we want to have all the right elements in place. "We're not there yet and we want to make sure this project is everything these wonderful characters and of course the fans deserve."
Even without Pirates on the schedule, Disney fans won't be hurting for content come summer 2015. Disney plans to release Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man that summer, as well as the Pixar flick Inside Out. Additionally, J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII is rumored to arrive in December 2015.