Even though Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides failed to deliver a genuinely interesting story compared with its predecessors, it still made Disney enough money to move forward with a fifth installment in the series that started back in 2003 with Curse of the Black Pearl. This means that audiences will get to see Johnny Depp reprise his iconic role at least one more time, while giving the writers the chance to send Captain Sparrow out on a solid note. The film has now been given an official release date of July 7, 2017, the same date that also saw the release of Curse of the Black Pearl and Dead Man’s Chest in 2003 and 2006, respectively. Disney was originally anticipating an additional two films to follow each other after Tides was released (just like Dead Man’s Chest set up the plot for At World’s End) but thus far only the fifth installment is in pre-production and an official title is still to be determined. On Stranger Tides directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg will both return to direct the new project. Stay tuned!