With Captain Jack Sparrow (aka Johnny Depp) having moved on to another major movie franchise (The Harry Potter Forbidden Beast movies, natch) and the Pirates of the Caribbean movies that starred Depp finally coming full circle and providing closure for its earliest stars, perhaps now is the right time for a new take on the mega-franchise based on Disney’s classic attraction Pirates of the Caribbean.
Deadline Hollywood reports that Disney is now exploring a reboot of the Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise with the writing duo behind the Deadpool blockbusters – Rheet Reese and Paul Wernick. The pair also wrote “Zombieland” and its sequel “6 Underground” (currently in production with Ryan Reynolds in the lead role). That should probably give us a good idea of their sense of humor.
According to the report, Jerry Bruckheimer would return as producer for the films. But as of yet, there’s no idea if any of the original franchise stars would return, including Johnny Depp, or if it would begin with a clean slate. Depp has recently been seen as ‘problematic’ after issues in his personal life made him a box office risk.
The first five films in the Pirates franchise have earned the Mouse House a treasure chest worth more than $4.5 billion. There’s likely even more buried treasure out there for Disney if they can figure out how to keep the franchise going.
What would you like to see? A continuation of the existing franchise, a reboot in the same universe but with a different cast, or a complete restart with a new series and cast?
No Depp? No audience. At least not me.