The film was being produced as Johnny Depp was going through a bitter divorce. He was chronically late to the set, to the point where it ate into the schedule as the set often came to a halt for hours at a time. It got to the point where a production assistant was hired just to wait outside Depp's house and announce that he was awake when they saw the lights inside come on.
In a flashback scene of Captain Salazar, one of his crew members recognizes a ship as Bonnet's ship called "Royal James". Stede Bonnet was a real life pirate that was active from December of 1717 to December of 1718 before being hanged in Charles Town for piracy and also worked closely with Edward Teach, a.k.a. Blackbeard.
After failing to return for Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides, Disney reached back out to Martin Klebba (Marty), Lee Arenberg (Pintel), Makenzie Crook (Raghetti), David Bailie (Cotton), Angus Barnett (Mullroy) and Giles New (Murtogg) to return for Pirates of the Caribbean Dead's Men Tell No Tales. Only Martin Klebba, Angus Barnett and Giles New were able to make it work within his schedule.
For the first time in the franchise since Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) (which he co-wrote with Klaus Badelt), Hans Zimmer is not composing the music for the film. Instead, one of his protégés, Geoff Zanelli, who worked on all previous four installments in the franchise, is the main composer for the film.
Christoph Waltz was originally cast in the role of Captain Brand, but dropped out due to other work commitments. Javier Bardem was then given the role, but the name was changed from Brand to Salazar to sound more Mediterranean to accompany Bardem's Spanish descent. Bardem and Waltz both previously played villains in Daniel Craig James Bond films. Bardem in Skyfall (2012), and Waltz in Spectre (2015).
The name of the fifth installment, "Dead Men Tell No Tales," was previously mentioned by Cotton's parrot in the first movie, The Curse of the Black Pearl, and during a transition scene in the third movie, At World's End. It is also heard at the beginning of the Pirates of the Caribbean rides at the Disney Parks.
According to Australian film industry sources, the budget is around 250 million dollars. This was officially confirmed by Disney and the Queensland Arts Minister on October 2, 2014, stating that filming will take place exclusively in Queensland, Australia, being the largest production to ever shoot in the country.
Salazar's face was full makeup that took Javier Bardem three hours to put on, but the hair was all CG. To achieve this, Bardem's hair was pulled back and a makeup artist added marking dots on his face, which tracked the motion of his head in post production.
The two Pirates who interrupt Captain Barbossa, while he is having Breakfast are the two redcoats from the first movie who are "guarding the dock" (DF) when Captain Jack Sparrow first arrives. They deserted the British Navy and converted to piracy during Cutler Beckett's downfall at the hands of the joint forces of the crew's of the Black Pearl and Will Turner's Flying Dutchman.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is the only film in the Pirates franchise whose title quotes audio from the Disneyland and Walt Disney World attractions. Actual audio from the attractions were featured in At World's End.
After working with each other for the first three Pirates of the Caribbean installments, after Martin Klebba got married and learned he was having a daughter, Martin called Mackenzie Crook to ask if he could name his baby girl after him. Mackenzie said "Yes, of course!" Martin then named his baby Makenzie Rae Klebba.
This is the second time in the Pirates Franchise that a small artifact signals the main villain. The first time was back in the first movie, Curse of the Black Pearl, when the Aztec Medallion touches the seawater.
In the third instalment of the franchise, when their Chinese ship goes over the waterfall when they were searching for Jack in Davy Jones' locker, the screen goes black and you can hear a voice say "Dead Men Tell No Tales," which is the title for this movie.
Instead of rebuilding the Sunset from Queen Anne's Revenge to the Black Pearl, production decided only to build the deck and the rest of the ship was completed using CGI, this was done in order to save money.
Although they play parents and son in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom are close in age to Brenton Thwaites. Orlando Bloom is 12 years older than Brendan Thwaites, while Keira Knightley is only four years older than him.
The film was originally set to release on July 7, 2017. An earlier installment in the series Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) was also released on this date eleven years prior. The release date has since been changed to May 26, 2017.
The pool company in charge of the pools at the movie studio where Pirates was filmed had a staff member on site full time to service the two pools that were used for filming. These pools are located at Movie World on the Gold Coast, Queensland Australia. They are several million liters in capacity and needed to be serviced regularly due to the debris and props that were used in the water.
During filming, Johnny Depp and his wife Amber Heard breached Australia's strict bio-security laws when they failed to declare their two dogs to the Australian Customs Service when they flew by private jet into Queensland, where filming was taken place. Heard was charged with two counts of illegally importing the dogs into the country and one count of producing a false document. In April 2016, Heard appeared in the Southport Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to falsifying quarantine documents, stating that she was sleep deprived and made a mistake. The two bio-security charges were dropped, and she was placed on a one-month good behavior bond, paying a $1,000 fine for producing a false document. Heard and Depp also released a video in which they apologized for their behavior and urged people to adhere to the bio-security laws. Australian newspaper The Guardian called the case the "highest profile criminal quarantine case" in Australian history.
According to The Sunday Telegraph, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has racked up a 320 million dollar bill, well over its initial budget of 250 million dollars, after production had to drop anchor when Johnny accidentally injured his hand on-set in Queensland's Gold Coast in March. However was confirmed that the budget of the film is only $230 milion
The IMAX format of this movie is specially formatted exclusively for IMAX theatres. The film was composed for the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with a common top, just like the first three films, which were shot like that through the Super 35 format, and was opened up to 1.90:1 for the entire film by using more of the bottom of the frame.
Part of the advertising campaign for the film is the tagline: "All Pirates Must Die". This is a play on the line "all men must die" from Game of Thrones (2011), which is a phrase spoken by various religious and political groups in Essos, invoking the idea that no one is invincible, and we will all head to our graves one day.
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
Keira Knightley has ruled out a return to the franchise after her former co-star Orlando Bloom suggested he would be open to returning. Knightley has stated that to be part of the franchise was an amazing time in her life, but as it took five years of her life, she just can't see herself going back. However, after fans heard of Bloom's return, they demanded the producers to bring Knightley back as well, resulting in her scenes being filmed last minute.
In the flashback scene, we see Jack is on a ship called the Wicked Wench. This is actually the Black Pearl, it gets renamed when Davy Jones brings it back from the depths, after it's set ablaze, in the book Pirates of the Caribbean The Price of Freedom, making the book Canon.
The film's action takes place in 1755. During the third act, Barbossa said that it has been five years since Blackbeard shrunk The Black Pearl in the bottle. The producers have said that the previous installment, On Stranger Tides, takes place in 1750. This also means that Henry is 21 years of age, given that he is 12 during the prologue, two years after the post-credits scene of At World's End.
In Jack's last line of the film, he tells us he has a "rendezvous beyond my beloved horizon." A rendezvous is a meeting, usually prearranged with a friend. In the third installment, At World's End, Barbossa had to journey beyond the horizon to rescue Jack from Davy Jones's Locker. This hints at Jack saving Barbossa from death in a future installment.
During the beach scene when Captain Jack learns the ghosts can't touch land he says "they can't step on land, I knew that" it's a reference to Jack's previous enemy Davy Jones since the captain of the Flying Dutchman is not allowed to set foot on land, with the exception of once every ten years.
The constellation Carina was once part of a larger constellation, Argo Navis, along with Vela and Puppis. Puppis is the poop deck, Vela is the sails, and Carina is the keel. The purpose of a keel is to provide directional control and stability. Barbossa giving his daughter this name suggests he had hoped her to be a sort of moral compass, but after her mother's death, he felt unfit to be her parent and left her at an orphanage, returning to the only stable thing he had even known: piracy.
Everytime Jack Sparrow is in possession (Captain of) the Black Pearl, the banner of the movie shows him in his signature hat leading to the belief he will be captaining the Black Pearl in this installment.
Elizabeth Swann's return was intended to be a surprise for the viewers at the end of the movie. However, as soon as news broke that Kiera Knightley was set to return for this film, other countries had included her scenes in their trailers as a means to attract audiences.