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Disney Sets Release Dates for 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5,' 'Muppets 2;' Bumps 'Maleficent,' Scraps 'Little Mermaid 3D'

Pirates of the Caribbean

The folks at Disney have certainly been busy this morning. In addition to the news about Zack Snyder's Star Wars spin-off, the studio just released an update on a few of their upcoming blockbusters.

First off, the long-rumored fifth movie in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is now a reality, with a July 10, 2015 release date set. The project is still in script-writing mode with Jeff Nathanson handling those duties. The franchise looks to add to the $3.7 million it has earned at the worldwide box office. The last film, On Stranger Tides, banked $1.043 billion.

The highly anticipated Muppets sequel has been gotten a number of cast additions over the past couple of weeks. Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell have signed on, with Tina Fey currently in negotiations to star in the film. The Muppets 2 will arrive in theaters on March 21, 2014.

A third film, titled 1952 starring George Clooney and co-written and directed by Brad Bird, will arrive in theaters in 3D on December 19, 2014. Damon Lindelof is producing and also co-wrote the script with Bird.

Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie, has now joined the summer 2014 fray as Disney bumps the untold story of the Sleeping Beauty villain from March 14 to July 2. The film will also now receive a 3D conversion.

Speaking of 3D conversion, two Marvel films will also get the 3D treatment – Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy. Captain America will arrive in theaters April 4, 2014 while Guardians is slated for August 1, 2014.

It's not all release date additions though. The planned 3D re-release of The Little Mermaid has been scrapped (probably due to less than stellar numbers for Monsters, Inc. 3D). The film was scheduled to return to theaters on September 13.

Are you excited that a fifth Pirates movie is now a reality? Will you seek out the two Marvel movies in 3D? Are you disappointed that The Little Mermaid was scrapped?

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