Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales filming on the Australian Gold Coast has been delayed longer than original date of the beginning of April. The film was originally shut down for a few weeks when Johnny Depp injured his hand and flew back to the U.S. for hand surgery in mid March. Although production had continued with scenes that did not include Depp’s character, the expected 2 week delay is now up to a minimum of 4 weeks and counting Johnny Depp’s original surgery was not expected to affect the film, but with the additional need for a pin insertion to Depp’s finger, his recuperation time has increased.
The production team are all expected to return to the set when filming begins again but with over 200 members, this is a large project to just place on hold. The halt has resulted in the need for many of the crew to use accrued leave of absence to cover the lack of salary. The cast members are already on their second shutdown of POTC. The first occurring at the beginning of filming in February due to Tropical cyclone “Nathan” which affected the second unity photography team.
POTC: Dead Men Tell No Tales, is the fifth installment of the POTC movies and stars Johnny Depp along side Geoffrey Rush reprising his role of Barbosa, and also includes Stephen Graham, Kevin R. McNally, Javier Barden, Golshifteh Farahani, Kaya Scodelario and Brenton Thwaites. With a little over 3 months of shooting still needed for the film to meet its expected release date of July 7, 2017, this delay is going to push production behind schedule.