Johnny Depp Reportedly Not Returning for Pirates of the Caribbean Film Franchise
Star of the popular Disney franchise Pirates of the Caribbean, Johnny Depp, will not be returning for any more pirate film reboots in the future. Depp was the major lead in five Pirates movies over the past 15 years. Original Pirates scriptwriter Stuart Beattie has confirmed this rumor when he spoke with Daily Mail at a red carpet event in Hollywood.
Beattie said, “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. And kids all over the world love him as that character so I think it’s been great for him, it’s been great for us, so I’m just very, very happy about it.”
Beattie added: “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.
“Before Jack Sparrow came along, [Depp] was considered this kind of quirky, independent actor that made these really cool little Tim Burton films, but he was by no means a movie star and a lot of people thought we were crazy for casting him at the time.
“Because he wasn’t a proven commodity; you know, a big movie star. And we were making a big movie and we were putting this quirky, independent actor in the middle of it and people thought we were crazy. The fact that it worked is a miracle.
“They were certainly nervous watching the rushes everyday but when it all came together, something just clicked and it was magic and connected with audiences. I’m proud to be a part of it.
It is reported that Disney has already met with the writing team of Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to write the script for the next “Pirates of the Caribbean” film(s). If you are not familiar with the Reece and Wernick writing team, they are the masterminds behind the super-successful “Deadpool” movies and “Zombieland.” Currently, they are working the sequel to “Zombieland.” “6 Underground,” that will be released via NetFlix and starring Ryan Reynolds.
It is also reported that super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer will also be back at the helm to of any upcoming movies. However, no one else has been rumored to be back – including Johnny Depp. However, to me at least, it’s pretty hard to imagine any “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies without Depp playing the title role of Jack Sparrow. A Ryan Reynolds addition to the movie in a new role wouldn’t be too bad either. (He is definitely familiar with the Reese and Wernick writing team.)
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