The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise have seen five successful films over the past 15 years, and with confirmations over the next reboot, reports have surface as to the fate of the original cast – including Johnny Depp. Speaking to the Daily Mail, script writer Stuart Beattie confirmed rumours over his return.
Although grossing over $794 USD at the box office globally, the last film in the franchise, Dead Men Tell No Tales performed poorly with the hope thats the upcoming rendition will revive the namesake for Disney. According to the writer, Johnny Depp will not see a return as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Disney reboot, following speculations over his current finances, mental health and split with former wife Amber Heard.
It has also been said that Depp was unfortunately difficult to work with, specifically during production of the last film.
Beattie told the publication, “I think he’s had a great run. Obviously, he’s made that character his own and it’s become the character he’s most famous for now … I think Jack Sparrow will be his legacy. It’s the only character he’s played five times, it’s the character he dresses up in to visit children in hospitals, it’s what he’ll be remembered for.”
Along with reportedly bringing on Deadpool’s Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the drastic change to the cast may be what is needed to refresh one of Disney’s most successful films.
More to come.
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