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Disney Reportedly Planned To End Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow Saga Since 2017 – Dead Men Tell No Tales Was the “Beginning of the Final ‘Pirates’ Adventure”

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Johnny Depp starrer The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has been a beloved and profitable series for Disney since its debut in 2003. With five successful films under its belt, the franchise has become a staple in the world of blockbuster filmmaking. However, recent events have called into question the future of the franchise, specifically in regard to the role of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow.

Pirates Of The Caribbean- Dead Men Tell No Tales
Pirates Of The Caribbean- Dead Men Tell No Tales

Johnny Depp’s Departure: The Beginning of the End

In 2017, Disney reportedly began planning the end of Johnny Depp‘s tenure as Jack Sparrow, with the fifth film, Dead Men Tell No Tales. It was initially planned to be the beginning of the final Pirates adventure. However, in 2020, Disney announced they would be cutting ties with Johnny Depp, leaving the future of the franchise uncertain. This decision was made after Depp lost a high-profile defamation case against the British newspaper The Sun, which had referred to him as a “wife-beater” about his relationship with actress Amber Heard. The decision to cut ties with Johnny Depp was seen as a move to distance the franchise from the negative publicity surrounding the case.

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Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp

Despite producer Jerry Bruckheimer stating in May 2020 that the first draft of the sixth film’s screenplay was close to being completed, the future of Pirates Of The Caribbean 6 remains uncertain. On April 20, 2022, Johnny Depp stated at his defamation trial against Amber Heard that he was not interested in working on another Pirates film, even if Disney wanted him to. Johnny Depp stated that there was no going back after the studio removed him from the franchise even before a verdict had been reached in his case. He believes that the damage had already been done.

The Future of the Franchise: Pirates Of The Caribbean 6 in Limbo

In June 2020, it was announced that a currently untitled spin-off film starring a female lead was in the works. This was likely an attempt to keep the franchise alive without Johnny Depp’s character.

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Margot Robbie
Margot Robbie

However, in November 2022, Margot Robbie, the one reportedly cast to play the lead, announced that the project was no longer going forward. Jerry Bruckheimer later clarified that the project had been postponed to prioritize Pirates Of The Caribbean 6, but that the spin-off was still going to be made.

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Jerry Bruckheimer
Jerry Bruckheimer

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The future of Johnny Depp’s career and the Pirates franchise remains uncertain. It is unclear if Disney will move forward with Pirates 6 without Depp’s character or if the franchise will continue in any form at all. Only time will tell what direction the franchise will take, but for now, it seems the era of Captain Jack Sparrow has come to an end. While it is unfortunate for the fans, Disney is looking for new opportunities to keep the franchise alive and make it more appealing to the new generation of moviegoers.

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Written by Minhaz Ahamed

Minhaz is a writer who delves into the complexities of the human experience through his writings, with a focus on cinema, psychology, and philosophy. He finds solace in writing and uses it as a means of exploring and understanding the world.