Johnny Depp might have put on a number of different faces on-screen, but his time as the eccentric yet witty pirate in Disney’s Swashbuckler film series will forever be one of his most memorable roles. Even with equal quarts of skewed morality and sobriety, Captain Jack Sparrow’s peculiar charm and unmatched humor always managed to win fans over.
After five films though, Depp was ready to bid farewell to the beloved characters and conclude the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise with a sixth movie. But when his infamous defamation lawsuit brought in a tempest of problems for him, the actor was left with no choice but to leave without saying goodbye, something which gnawed at him indefinitely
Pirates of the Caribbean – Johnny Depp Longed For A Fitting End
When his ex-wife Amber Heard slathered him with nasty allegations during their controversial lawsuit last year, Johnny Depp saw his professional life flash in front of his eyes. He could practically feel the edges of his painstakingly polished career go rusted. And when Disney severed its ties with him to safeguard the company’s reputation, the Academy Award-nominated actor saw his nightmare materialize after all.
But when Depp emerged victorious in the scandalous trial, Disney extended an olive branch in the form of a public apology, beseeching the actor to reprise his role as the iconic pirate Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean 6.
Following this drastic plot twist, however, the Edward Scissorhands star refused to come back to the franchise, especially after bearing the brunt of such fervent disrespect. Even so, the bitterness of his abrupt exit didn’t disappear and Depp felt horrible about the unfinished legacy of the Pirates.
“My feeling was that these characters should be able to have their proper goodbye. A franchise could only last for so long, and there’s a way to end a franchise like that. And I thought that the characters deserved to have their way out of… to end the franchise on a very good note. And I planned on continuing until it was time to stop.”
For the longest time, everyone lamented his departure from the action/adventure film series, but it looks like there might be hope left after all.
Will Captain Jack Sparrow Come Back for Pirates 6?
After boiling anticipation, Disney has finally broken silence on the future of the Pirates franchise and it’s official – Pirates of the Caribbean 6 is very much in the works. Talking about the sixth installment in the fantasy series, studio executive Sean Bailey revealed that they have an “exciting story” for the project that will not only “honor” the franchise’s legacy but also turn a new leaf altogether.
“We think we have a really good, exciting story that honors the films that have come before but also has something new to say,” he told The New York Times. As for whether Depp will be coming back for a new adventure as the legendary Jack Sparrow, Bailey said they were “noncommittal at this point.”
Pirates of the Caribbean films can be streamed on Disney+.
Source: Entertainment Weekly