Although the fifth movie of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has already completed filming last year, a three-week extension of the production was held in Vancouver, Canada beginning on March 24, which was possibly meant to tie loose ends and plug all the loopholes in the overall filming.
It was an added cost on the part of Disney Pictures as reports have it that Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is unofficially gunning to be the most expensive movie that was produced in history. Unconfirmed reports place the movie budget to have gone past $500 million and it looks to balloon some more before its May 26, 2017 release date to global theaters.
However, reports later came out to confirm that the extended shooting in Vancouver, Canada was not meant to re-shoot some of the scenes of the film but actually it was made to accommodate the entry of Beatle’s great Sir Paul McCartney into the franchise in a cameo role most likely.
It was meant to be a quiet involvement for the iconic musician in the movie and the production team was trying their best to contain it but the information apparently found its way online and also in the media.
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer along with Directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg were actually the ones who called on the filming extension to add an extra big set-piece scene in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales built around Paul McCartney, reports Deadline.
Everybody seems to be mum on what role will McCartney be playing in the film but what seems confirmed is that the previous reports of a re-shoot are just cover for the filming of the extra scene.
McCartney actually has a long list of movie credits to his name but his participation in it was mostly in coming up with the musical scores for those films. In fact, the Beatles won an Academy Award for Best Original Score for the movie Let It Be and McCartney’s memorable acting happened when he played as himself in A Hard Day’s Night shown in 1964 and Help in 1965, both movies of which had their counterpart Beatles’ songs.
Corrective production work
Early last month, the reports of the three-week filming extension of Pirates of the Caribbean 5 in Vancouver was believed to be just corrective production work while the movie was already being edited in post-production.
Critics believe that the additional sequences shall also be shot to add the final touch to the movie.
Instead of going back to Australia, which would entail more cost, the production team decided to do it instead in nearby Canada.
Reports early last month said that Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, and Geoffrey Rush will be leading the other cast members who will do filming in Vancouver, Canada under the helming of Directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg.
But Canadian fans were disappointed to learn eventually that filming was done in an indoor studio and not in public.
Way over the budget
Sometime in May 2015, four months before the movie wrapped up filming, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 was already US$70 million over its US$250 million budget, which only means that after four months of production, the movie could have actually doubled its given budget.
With the additional three-week filming in Vancouver, it is possible that the movie’s budget could already hit more than $500 million, making it the most expensive movie of all time.