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Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Cancelled?

Dead Franchise's Chest? At Wit's End? We'll be here all year, folks...
The seas may be turning rough for Walt Disney Pictures' Pirates of the Caribbean saga in the near future, judging by the studio's latest shareholders' meeting. Speaking on the future of the hit fantasy film franchise, CEO Bob Iger confirmed today that its proposed fifth instalment has yet to get the green-light.

What this essentially means for the sequel (currently going under the oh-so-creative working title of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) is that there's no surefire guarantee it will enter production anytime soon, or indeed at all. Whereas The Curse of the Black Pearl, Dead Man's Chest and At World's End each generated enough commercial and critical acclaim to warrant fast-tracked follow-ups, the same can certainly not be said of On Stranger Tales, a mediocre successor which failed spectacularly in its attempt to reinvigorate the increasingly outrageous escapades of Captain Jack Sparrow. Once upon a time, our faith in the film industry would have been tested by the axing of a cash-hoarding, relatively quality-consistent series such as Pirates, but eleven years on from Curse, the time appears to be right to cast the franchise adrift, or better yet, to send it to the depths of the ocean and seal it in Davy Jones' Locker forevermore...

On the bright side, a Pirates of the Caribbean-themed land (featuring a new attraction based on the films called Battle of the Sunken Treasure) will open at the new Disneyland Shanghai theme park in 2015.

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