'Muppets 2,' 'Pirates 5' set in Disney's line-up

05:00 AM, Jan 14, 2013

Characters from the motion picture "The Muppets." John E. Barrett Disney Enterprises/


Written By by Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY

Pirates of the Caribbean 5 will open on July 10, 2015, with Johnny Depp returning as Captain Jack Sparrow to the franchise, Disney studios announced on Monday.

No director was listed in the announcement, but the slate includes producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and Jeff Nathanson will write the screenplay.

In a series of release announcements, Disney also targeted Muppets 2 for March 21, 2014, with Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell joining the Muppets. The film will be directed by James Bobin, with a screenplay by Bobin and Nick Stoller — the duo behind the 2011 return The Muppets.

Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent is now set to be released July 2, 2014 (moved from March 2014). The story focuses on Maleficent, played by Jolie, the villain from the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be released on April 4, 2014. The story picks up where The Avengers leaves off with Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) adjusting to life in the modern world. The film will be directed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo.

The Brad Bird directed 1952 will be released December 19, 2014. George Clooney will star.

Guardians of the Galaxy, based on the Marvel comic books of the same name, will be released August 1, 2014. James Gunn will direct.