‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5’ to Start Shooting This November in Puerto Rico

Walt Disney Studios bales on Hawaii for this latest sequel, instead taking the new aggressive incentives offered by Puerto Rico.

Capt. Jack Sparrow moves from Hawaii to Puerto Rico for Pirates 5
Capt. Jack Sparrow moves from Hawaii to Puerto Rico for Pirates 5
Its been a little while since we've heard anything about Pirates of the Caribbean 5, but today Caribbean Business has revealed that this sequel will begin shooting in Puerto Rico this coming November.

Walt Disney Studios was lured in by the aggressive incentives the island has to offer, which makes sense, since the last couple of films in the franchise have held some of the biggest budgets in Hollywood history. Production costs for the last four films topped more than $900 million, with the series pulling in an estimated $3.7 billion worldwide.

Hawaii, where most of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was shot, was not able to provide the same types of incentives, so Disney baled on the state. Some scenes for the previous fourth installment were shot in Puerto Rico, and left the crew praising the locale.

New tax incentives for shooting in both Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic went into affect this past July, and provide studio tax credits for money spent on non-resident actors, writers, directors and other talent.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales comes to theaters July 7th, 2017 and stars Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Kaya Scodelario, Orlando Bloom, Brenton Thwaites, Martin Klebba, Geoffrey Rush, Kevin McNally. The film is directed by Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg.

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  1. Sean

    @jonspidey07 Good point, but it turned out to be that Pirates 5 won't start filming in Puerto Rico in November. That was a rumor that ended up being false information. The most likely time that Pirates 5 would start filming, would be sometime shortly after the Lone Ranger movie finishes filming, or once the Lone Ranger movie is released to theaters in July 2013.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  2. Sean

    This news that Pirates 5 starts filming November 2012 in Puerto Rico, is now confirmed to actually be false information. Pirates 5 will not start filming until sometime after The Lone Ranger, is release to theaters in July 2013 or sometime shortly after. That is if Johnny Depp and Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney, all approve of and like Terry Rossio's script enough for the there to be a Pirates 5 that he has been re-writing since October 2011.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  3. Replicant

    @skywise I got that, and I was going on with it :P

    3 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  4. skywise

    @felipe-11 It is said that sarcasm is humor for the intelligent.

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  5. Replicant

    @skywise of course not, just Pirates 5, 109 Dalmatians, Aladin 4: Jafar Goes to the Doctor youtube.com/watch?v=3UnDxH4zQq8 :P

    Cameron is the real milker! Bastard made two sequels in his 30-year career, HOW DARE HE!

    3 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  6. Sean

    @LordPayne Yeah, it would've been nice if Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio came up with their own story/plot for Pirates 4, but instead they got some ideas for the story/plot for Pirates 4 from the novel "On Stranger Tides". I'm glad that Terry Rossio is coming up with his own story/plot this time for Pirates 5 and that its not from a novel.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  7. darkness69

    Trust me Bawnian&#169-Dexeus your aint missing much everything is praicalyy in chaos out here in Puerto Rico from an economical and crime's perspective im actually looking to leave Pr and probably for good there are hardly any jobs and the crime wave is ridiculously high. but hey to each his own good luck to you.

    3 years agoby @darkness69Flag

  8. skywise

    @felipe-11 F*ck Avatar! James Cameron is a milking SOB. But Pirates can make 15 movies! Yes because it isn't being milked at all! No siree. Disney never EVER milks any franchises.

    But hey F*ck you anyway.

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  9. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @felipe-11 And you too my good man

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  10. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @aoshi Wish I was there man. I miss my home

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  11. Sean

    @jim-mourgos Well, There has been a fifth movie in some other movie franchises though.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  12. gumperman

    @stefanos Yes, please! He made these movie awesome. You could defiantly feel his absence in the fourth one. @LordPayne Agreed!

    3 years agoby @gumpermanFlag

  13. Sean

    @artkid04 I think that the script is going to be completed some time real soon, because Terry Rossio has been rewriting the script for almost a year now. I think that who will be in Pirates 5 and who will be directing it, will all be announced sometime soon, as well as its release date and movie title.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  14. Sean

    @dcrock I agree.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  15. artkid04

    WHAT!!!! no director, script or cast and they are gonna shoot this fall, this franchise is dead and disney is trying to bring it back to life, give it up

    3 years agoby @artkid04Flag

  16. Christopher Lino

    @dcrock - that's what I thought - Stranger Tides was a pretty great film - but in my opinion - Black Pearl is the best - IMHO

    I haven't heard anything about POTC 5 - like who is gonna direct it?

    3 years agoby @christopher-linoFlag

  17. dcrock

    So many haters of the fourth movie. In my opinion it was way better than the third.

    3 years agoby @dcrockFlag

  18. Replicant

    I find it interesting that when an article about Avatar 2 comes out, people start yelling "STOP MILKING US CAMERON!", but when PotC 5 is announced (even after a terrible 4th film) nobody says a thing.

    F*ck y'all.

    3 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  19. LordPayne

    One of my favorite trilogies. On Stranger Tides almost ruined it

    3 years agoby @LordPayneFlag

  20. Justice Kowaleski

    On Stranger Tides was the first movie I ever fell asleep in... That Says alot about a movie and I watch alot of movies. Biggest Let down Ever.

    3 years agoby @justice-kowaleskiFlag

  21. CelluloidDreams

    "are you serious?"

    3 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  22. aoshi

    @jonspidey07 well, Puerto Rico is still in the Caribbean, it does have exotic locales, and the Pirates crew have been scouting it since Curse of the Black Pearl. The main problem is the urbanization not leaving that many areas available for shooting credible 17th century sets. I think that besides the economic incentives Johnny Depp pushed for filming in PR, because of his experience filming The Rum Diary. That was the only reason Disney came over here to film one scene for On Stranger Tides, Depp just wanted to come back.

    3 years agoby @aoshiFlag

  23. aoshi

    "New tax incentives for shooting in both Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic went into affect this past July"

    Affect... effect... why is it so hard for Americans to distinguish between them? This is one of those mistakes that I see repeating themselves a ton of times.

    3 years agoby @aoshiFlag

  24. aoshi

    @Connect200 it was horrible, agreed, but Jack's father was introduced in the third movie. It was never Blackbeard.

    3 years agoby @aoshiFlag

  25. aoshi

    @ghostman there are, but in Spanish. Came out a few days ago, actually.

    3 years agoby @aoshiFlag

  26. JonSpidey07

    you'd think they would actually be interested in shooting in exotic, tropical locations
    heck most movies like this choose the locations to match the settings of the stories the filmmakers are telling

    excited for another 'Pirates' flick

    3 years agoby @jonspidey07Flag

  27. Stefanos


    3 years agoby @stefanosFlag


    @escapist I don't think that even Disney has that kind of money... dear Lord how much more than they spend on him!

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  29. Escapist

    @SpaceCowboy Johnny Depp said in an interview he wanted to do 7 films.

    3 years agoby @escapistFlag

  30. ROFLitschristian

    All I can really say is, "meh."

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

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