The Pirates of the Caribbean is undoubtedly one of the biggest franchises made in Hollywood. More than a large portion of its popularity owes to the terrific performance delivered by Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. As the franchise continued to expand, criticisms also began to rise regarding the sequels. But Johnny Depp’s performance was consistent in all of them. Shockingly, even after so much praise as well as Depp’s legal trouble also being over, Captain Jack Sparrow’s future doesn’t look hopeful as the franchise is seemingly heading toward a reboot.
Despite being the core USP, Johnny Depp was removed from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise after he got involved in a long legal battle against his ex-wife Amber Heard. During the infamous Defamation Trial, the Edward Scissorhands actor claimed that nothing can convince him to go back to the franchise. Recently, when asked about the return of Jack Sparrow, producer Jerry Bruckheimer claimed that they are working on it but his latest interview hinted at something else.
Is Pirates of the Caribbean going for a reboot?
Johnny Depp lost several projects after his name was embroiled in the controversy related to serious issues of domestic violence and abuse. These include some of the franchises like Pirates of the Caribbean and Fantastic Beasts which have a major fan following. As the defamation trial ended with the jury giving the verdict in favor of Depp, fans expected Disney to do something to bring Captain Jack Sparrow back on board. Some false rumors also claimed that Disney offered a colossal sum of $301 million to convince him to return. But things are quite different.
The latest statement given by producer Jerry Bruckheimer to The Hollywood Reporter points to the sixth installment of the Pirates franchise being a reboot consisting of a young cast that has raised quite a buzz on the internet.
“Oh God, they’re all hard. I think we’re getting very close on that one, too. We have a very good script. We developed two of them — the one with Margot Robbie and one with a younger cast. The Margot Robbie one needs a little more work. The younger cast one is close. Hopefully we’ll get both of them.”
Even though a Pirates of the Caribbean movie starring Margot Robbie in the lead was considered to be dead even by the Harley Quinn fame herself, Bruckheimer clarified the situation. He stated that Robbie might have got disappointed by not receiving any updates but it’s still in development. But the news that caught the most eye was when the Top Gun: Maverick producer stated that he is unaware if Depp is going to return as that decision is up to Disney.
The fans are displeased with the decision of rebooting the franchise
The fans got widely disappointed as the update about the makers’ idea of rebooting Pirates of the Caribbean emerged on the internet. According to them, Captain Jack Sparrow was the prime reason for watching the franchise and without him, it is bound to fail sooner or later.
Take a look at some of the tweets collected by us:
Enjoy the box office bomb
— Kala 🩸 (@Kaljin5) December 20, 2022
The fact that you know there's someone out there who genuinely believes that's gonna work out is sort of fascinating to me tbh 🤦♂️
— Kody (@Porthunax) December 20, 2022
who really wants this rebooted with a younger cast? Bring back depp.
— manacloud (@manacloud3) December 20, 2022
please just one more movie with johnny depp please make it happen disney
— Rohnan (@rohnan01) December 20, 2022
I mean like it was jhonny depp that made pirates of the carribean this popular. Rebooted or not. Without him no one will watch the movie.
— Buster (@Chirag_ruj) December 20, 2022
Flop if johnny depp is not involved
— Knight 🏳️🌈 (@knight_fury29) December 20, 2022
As the scenario looks, it is highly unlikely that the audiences would be ready to accept a movie without Depp’s iconic character. More official details will be awaited from the studio regarding this sequel. But if anyhow, they can bring The Rum Diary star back to the world of the Pirates, it is sure to drive the fans mad.
All the Pirates of the Caribbean movies can be streamed on Disney+.