But mega producer Bruckheimer, insisted to The Hollywood Reporter, that the delay was due to script problems and not a direct reaction to this summer’s $250 million disaster, which also starred Johnny Depp.
He said: “We have an outline everyone loves but the script is not done. How do you budget an outline?”
“It’s all a factor. We want a script that everyone’s signed off on and a budget that everyone’s signed off on.
“We’re supposed to start in March (ahead of a summer 2015 release) and you start spending a lot of money now.”
He added: “(Coming up with a great script is) always hard. (After this summer’s commercial failures) everybody’s more cautious.”
The Lone Ranger’s failure has already cost Jerry Bruckheimer his coveted final cut privileges with the studio, despite presiding over some of the most successful movies of all time.
But in these tough economic times, Disney is now scaling back, and let’s face it, the Top Gun producer does not do things cheaply.
The third Pirates movie titled At World’s End (2007) had a mammoth budget of $300 million, making it the most expensive film ever made.
However, even before The Lone Ranger flop, the studio were planning a more conservative Pirates movie.
The hiring of directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, who created the aesthetically pleasing yet financially prudent Kon-Tiki (2012), indicated that Disney is already looking to cut costs.
Now after the “Lone Turkey,” featuring former golden boy Depp, the studio may have had another major rethink.
HR also asked Bruckheimer whether he was still confident the project would get made, to which he replied: “With any movie, you’re never confident. But it’s a billion-dollar franchise.”