The severed heads in the guillotine basket are of the film directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg.
The joke Jack Sparrow's uncle tells Jack is the same joke Al Pacino told Johnny Depp during production of Donnie Brasco (2001), "A skeleton walks into a bar, orders a beer and a mop... "
Although this movie was initially claimed to be the last one in the series, a sixth installment was announced after its release.
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.
At two hours and nine minutes long, this is the shortest running time of all the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films.
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.
In an interview, Orlando Bloom said this movie was a soft reboot of the previous installments.
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 Latin inscription on the diary reads "Verum omna simul astra", which bluntly means "all the stars speak the truth always."
To prevent fans from interfering with the production, secret filming locations used the production name of "Herschel."
Paul McCartney is seen singing a song "Maggie Mae". It is an old drinking song of the sea from Liverpool and featured on The Beatles "Let it Be" Album. On the album, the song was sung by John Lennon.
With a release six years after its predecessor, this marked the largest gap between the Pirates of the Caribbean films.
In several countries, the film is set to be released as Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge, including English-speaking countries.
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.
Composer Hans Zimmer, who composed the previous films in the franchise, didn't compose this film so he could compose for Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk (2017).
Much like other Pirate of the Caribbean films, there is an additional scene at the end of the credits.
Johnny Depp injured his hand while filming in Australia, and had to make a trip back to the U.S.
Javier Bardem's wife, Penélope Cruz, starred in the previous installment, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011).
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.
Ansel Elgort, Brenton Thwaites, Taron Egerton, George MacKay, and Sam Keeley were all in the running for the role of Henry.
The five finalists for the female lead were Lucy Boynton, Gabriella Wilde, Jenna Thiam, Kaya Scodelario, and Alexandra Dowling. After Brenton Thwaites was cast, the studio did chemistry tests with Thwaites and the actresses to see who best fit the role. Kaya Scodelario was eventually cast. (Variety)
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.
Fredrik Bond, Tim Burton, Alfonso Cuarón, Shawn Levy, Sam Raimi, Rupert Sanders, and Chris Weitz were considered to direct this movie.
Cameo: Captain Edward Teague as a younger man appears on a flashback explaining the story behind Salazar and Jack's rivalry. He was not played by Keith Richards although his likeness was used.
Geoff Zanelli will be the third composer in the franchise. Hans Zimmer and Klaus Badelt worked on the previous installments.
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.
The character Captain Salazar is named after former Portuguese Republican President and dictator Antonio de Oliveira Salazar (1889-1970).
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.
David Wenham has worked with Orlando Bloom in two of the three Lord of the Rings movies (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)). He has also worked with Johnny Depp in Public Enemies (2009). He and 'Geoffrey Rush' also worked together as voices in Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010).
This was the second film in the series to be shot digitally. The first one was Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011).
Along the movie, when Captain Salazar is killing or prompted to kill his enemies, he poses with his sword as if grabbing a "estoque" (rapier) in the Matador manner.
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
Orlando Bloom and Adam Brown appeared in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014).
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.
Geoffrey Rush and Brenton Thwaites previously co-starred in the movie Gods of Egypt (2016).
This is the third film starring Johnny Depp that has 'Dead Man' or its genitive in the title. The other two are Dead Man (1995) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006).