Disney is ready to set sail again with a planned reboot of their Pirates of the Caribbean franchise with on crucial detail – they’re doing it without Captain Jack Sparrow. According to original screenwriter Stuart Beattie, Johnny Depp will likely not return as everyone’s favorite pirate. In his latest interview, Beattie has neither confirmed nor denied Depp’s involvement the reboot, going on to say:
“I think he’s had a great run. Obviously, he made the character his own and it’s become the character he’s most famous for now.”
Disney is looking at Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to work on the reboot. This could lead to Depp being ousted anyway. Disney had recently fired James Gunn, director of the Guardians of the Galaxy films, amid accusations of his controversial tweets. Johnny Depp would likely be given the boot due his own allegations of domestic abuse by his ex wife, actress Amber Heard.
Johnny Depp has portrayed the eccentric Jack Sparrow in all five Pirates films over the course of fifteen years. The franchise has grossed over $4.5 billion worldwide, making it the twelfth-highest-grossing film series of all time. It was also the first franchise to have two films gross more than $1 billion (Dead Man’s Chest and On Stranger Tide) before Marvel took over that role with their cinematic universe, which contains 20 films and has grossed more than $17.5 billion thus far.