Looks like Disney is done with the current iteration of Pirates of the Caribbean featuring Johnny Depp’s iconic portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow. Disney Film Chief Sean Bailey opened up in a new interview with THR about the slate of its upcoming films, and basically confirmed a reboot of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is being developed.
Deadpool writers Rhett Rheese and Paul Wernick, the duo who wrote the hilarious script of the first movie and then rallied with Ryan Reynolds for a good three years to get the movie greenlit have been assigned the task of working on the franchise. Bailey was asked if a new Pirates series can survive without Johnny Depp, to which he replied:
We want to bring in a new energy and vitality. I love the [Pirates] movies, but part of the reason Paul and Rhett are so interesting is that we want to give it a kick in the pants. And that’s what I’ve tasked them with.Sean Bailey on rebooting Pirates of the Caribbean with Deadpool writers
The fact that he hasn’t denied this outright pretty much not only confirms the reboot is in active development, but it’ll move ahead without Johnny Depp. It appears Disney is distancing itself with all sorts of controversial actors and directors and after recent allegations of abuse laid over Depp and the poor reviews and box-office performance of Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the collective call is to start over. It’ll be both interesting and strange to see a franchise rebooted so soon when it’s barely 12 years old and we can only hope it doesn’t suffer the same fate as The Amazing Spider-Man series of films helmed by Marc Webb.
The most interesting question of course will be, who exactly will play Captain Jack Sparrow. Will he even have a role in the new reboot, or will Disney use the swashbuckling pirate setup to feature a new cast of characters entirely? And what happens to Orlando Bloom and Kiera Knightley’s characters who returned in the post-credits scene of Salazar’s Revenge and were poised to reprise their roles in future movies? It’s all up in the air at the moment so feel free to jump aboard the discussion boards in the comments below.
Check out the source link for the complete interview; it’s an interesting read where Bailey talks about the slate of Disney films, live-action reboots such as The Lion King, Aladdin and its biggest acquisitions in Marvel, Lucasfilm and Fox.