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'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' set for July 2017 Release

Pirates of the Caribbean 5 to release July 2012
Walt Disney Pictures via Collider

Editor's Note: This article has been updated to reflect a change in the film's title.

Captain Jack Sparrow is returning to the big screen.

Today, Walt Disney Pictures announced that the fifth installment of the widely popular “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, “Pirates of the Caribbean 5,” is set for a July 7, 2017 release.

Originally targeted for a 2015 release, but the project was delayed to give the filmmakers time to work on the script.

“Catch Me if You Can” screenwriter, Jeff Nathananson, provided the screenplay for the highly anticipated sequel. “Kon Tiki” helmer’s Joachman Rønning and Espen Sandberg, the film will also be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.

As of now, no flags have been planted for that July 7 2017 weekend. Other notable releases July 2017 are Fox’s “Fantastic Four 2,” Universal’s “Despicable Me 3,” and one of Marvel’s mystery movies recently announced.

Johnny Depp will return as series star Captain Jack Sparrow. Depp’s Sparrow and Geoffrey Rush’s Captain Barbossa are the only to actors to appear in every installment in the franchise.

The previous installment in the series “On Stranger Tides” released in 2011 was welcomed with lukewarm reception from both fans and critics alike, receiving a 33% on the Tomatometer on Rotten Tomatoes-the lowest in the series.

This combined with a lower than expected domestic return 241 million compared to 250 million dollar production budget minus marketing costs may be why Disney has taken their time with the fifth film.

This reception and domestic box office, however, did not completely sink Disney’s ship. The film went on to gross over a $1 billion dollars in box office with a huge boost from international audiences, bringing the franchise to an astounding 3.7 billion dollar mark.

Via: Coming Soon

Box Office numbers provided by Box Office Mojo.

Are you guys excited to see Depp reprise the role of Captain Jack Sparrow or do you think six years between movies is just too long? Let us know in the comments below.

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