On Thursday, it was reported that an injury to Johnny Depp’s hand stalled filming on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth installment of Disney’s successful pirate saga. Johnny’s injury didn’t stop production all at once. Scenes that could be shot without Mr. Depp were completed, before filmmaking on the project came to a halt.
The injury to Johnny’s hand required that the Pirates of the Caribbean star return to Los Angeles on March 11 to undergo minor surgery. The operation will place a pin in 51-year-old Depp’s hand, as a result of an off-set injury Johnny sustained.
Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is filming on location in Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. In addition to throwing the Pirates budget of $250 million into question, the downtime related to Johnny Depp’s injury has created a loss of work for the several hundred Australians employed on the set.
Originally, only a “minimal impact” on the film’s production was predicted as a result of Mr. Depp’s injury. But the estimated two-week delay turned into a considerably longer halt, when Johnny decided to return home to L.A. to seek treatment. An official determination has been made that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will resume shooting on April 15, and that the established release date of July 7, 2017, remains unaffected by Depp’s injury.
Currently, Johnny Depp is back home with his new wife, Amber Heard, where he plans to stay to recuperate following the surgery on his hand. Depp wed Ms. Heard on February 8 in a private ceremony on Johnny’s own island, located in the Bahamas.
In addition to the downtime caused by Johnny’s injury, production on Pirates of the Caribbean 5 was also delayed in February due to severe thunderstorms in the film location’s area. The storms were a result of Marcia, a category 5 tornado, passing through the area. The tornado itself passed more than 700 kilometers from the Pirates of the Caribbean set, causing no damage to the set and no reported injuries to cast or crew.
When Johnny does return to Australia, Mr. Depp will be facing an additional 14 weeks of filming, before Pirates of the Caribbean goes into post-production.
Recent media attention has been cast upon Johnny Depp and family with the lens focusing on Depp’s daughter, 15-year-old Lily-Rose Depp.
Johnny Depp is reprising his role as Captain Jack Sparrow, when he returns in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which also stars Geoffrey Rush and Javier Bardem.
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