Disney Breaks Silence on Johnny Depp and Pirates of the Caribbean
For the last few years, the future of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has been shrouded in fog.
Following the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in 2017, Disney seemed intent on continuing the franchise for a sixth installment.
Disney Dumps Depp
Things changed however, when franchise star Johnny Depp was accused of domestic violence by ex-wife Amber Heard.
Following the accusations, Disney quickly distanced themselves from the actor, and fired Depp from the sixth installment of the franchise.
Instead, Disney announce that they would be creating a spin-off film starring Margot Robbie.
Johnny Depp Wins Defamation Lawsuit
In the last couple of years however, things have changed drastically. For starters, the Margot Robbie “Pirates” spin-off was cancelled last year.
Depp also won a very public defamation case against Heard. Throughout the trial, Depp’s legal team portrayed the actor as a victim, not only of Heard, but of an overly zealous Hollywood, who were quick to proclaim the actor guilty.
During examination, Depp revealed that he learned he was being fired from the “Pirates” franchise from a news article quoting a Disney executive, just days after Heard published an Op-Ed in The Washington Post accusing the actor of various acts of violence.
“I didn’t quite understand how after that long relationship, and quite a successful relationship certainly for Disney, that suddenly I was guilty until proven innocent.” Depp testified.
Furthermore, during the trial, Depp was asked under oath, “The fact is, Mr. Depp, if Disney came to you with $300 million and a million alpacas, nothing on this earth would get you to go back and work with Disney on a ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ film? Correct?”
To which Depp simply responded, “That is true, Mr. Rottenborn.”
Well as they say, time heals all wounds. With Depp being vindicated in the eyes of many after winning his defamation case, speculation has continued that the actor could return to his iconic role as Captain Jack Sparrow.
Disney Breaks Silence
While Depp has remained mum on the topic, in a recent interview with the NY Times, Disney Studio Motion Picture Production president Sean Bailey suggested that the franchise is moving forward.
“We think we have a really good, exciting story that honors the films that have come before. But also has something new stay.” Bailey revealed.
When it came to the possibility of Depp returning, Bailey simply stated that Disney was “noncommittal at this point.”
So there you have it, while it remains to be seen if Captain Jack Sparrow will ever grace the big screen again, Pirates of the Caribbean is sailing forward.
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