Filming of the new Pirates Of The Caribbean movie has been delayed after actor Johnny Depp injured his hand while on the set. According to a report from the BBC, Depp’s injury is thought to be more serious than originally perceived, with the Hollywood actor needing surgery to insert a pin into his finger.
Initially producers thought there were only going to be minimal delays, but that has since been extended, which may prove problematic given that there are only 14 weeks of filming left. While details about his injuries have not been made clear, it is serious enough that delays are expected to last for at least four weeks given Depp’s current condition.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, filming of Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is due to continue on April 15, although scenes without Johnny Depp carried on after his departure on March 10. A member of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance has said that crew are not currently concerned about the delay.
They’ve tried to keep it going in his absence…but they’ve reached the pinch point.
Around 200 other crew members working on the Disney franchise have also been temporarily stood down while Johnny Depp recuperates.
About half of the film’s estimated 400 crew were told last Thursday there would be no more work for at least two weeks.
This is also not the first time filming of the new Pirates Of The Caribbean has been delayed due to unforeseen circumstances. Tropical cyclone Nathan descended on the Australia Gold Coast where the movie is being shot and disrupted the second unit photography back in February.
Pirates Of The Caribbean is one of the most successful action movie franchises in history, grossing over $3.7 billion at the box office over the course of four films. Dead Men Tell No Tales is the fifth film in the series and sees Hollywood heartthrob Johnny Depp returning to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow.
The latest film in the series will also star Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa and Javier Bardem as Captain Salazar. The story will follow Depp’s character as he is pursued by Salazar while seeking the fabled Trident of Poseidon, which grants the possessor control over the seas.
According to reports, despite the injury Johnny Depp sustained on set, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is expected to hit the big screen on its originally scheduled release date of July 7, 2017.
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