Disney confirmed way back in October that they’d be taking. Their Pirates of the Caribbean franchise into reboot territory with a sixth instalment. The plan involved bringing Deadpool scriptwriters. Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to write the movie’s script. However, this might specialise on a female lead swashbuckler.
All this time, it wasn’t sure whether or not Johnny Depp would. Return to his amazingly savage drunk alter-ego as Captain Jack Sparrow. However, now it has been confirmed that the studio won’t be getting back the celebrity— at a savings of 90 million dollars.
Reasons For Not Taking Johnny Depp
Forbes reports that there have been several numbers of factors swaying Disney’s decision to raise their flag without their A-list star. For one, the last Pirates film. 2017’s Dead Men Tell No Tales, turned in the series’ lowest domestic gross, earning $172,558,876 (a cool $70 million less than 2011’s On Stranger Tides). The film was still profitable, of course. By taking in a worldwide total of $794.9 million on a $230 million production budget. However, for a franchise which has to surpass the billion-dollar mark, even $800 million is a bit low.
Dead Men also received the most critical feedback and reviews of any of the Pirates films. A series which had always seen diminishing essential returns. It scored a measly 29% on Rotten Tomatoes, the likely result of some shoddy scripting and lengthy delays.
Captain Jack himself, Depp. The actor was liable for Terry Rossio’s original script being axed because he worried that having a female villain “would be redundant to Dark Shadows”.
Of course, the studio isn’t saving $90 million by writing out Depp, as someone will have to step in to take the lead character’s paycheck, though likely at a considerable discount.
A Possibility Of A Female Actress
According to the UK’s Daily Express, that’s likely to be a female actress taking on a character reportedly named Redd. The names which were mentioned were Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence. However, even fans gave some suggestions such as Daisy Ridley or Karen Gillan.