The next installment of Disney’s (NYSE:DIS) Pirates of the Caribbean franchise might have a name, but it no longer has a release date, and some critics are blaming it all on The Lone Ranger’s notorious box office flop this summer.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, was originally scheduled for a 2015 summer release, but that date has since been pushed back due to issues with the installment’s script and also the disappointing performance from Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger this summer. Starring Johnny Depp, the 2013 American Western film was released earlier in July and was expected to become one of the summer’s top blockbuster films. However, like many of its competitors, the film bombed, and made only $88 million at the domestic box office after reporting a considerable $215 million budget.
Now, it looks like Disney is going to be a little more careful with the next chapter of Pirates of the Caribbean, because the future film also stars Depp and has the same producer, Jerry Bruckheimer, as Verbinski’s film. Thus, Disney wants to ensure that its script will help it realize future success and won’t be tied to The Lone Ranger as yet another summer flop.