Pirates Of The Caribbean screenwriter Stuart Beattie seemingly confirmed Johnny Depp’s exit from the once great Pirates franchise in a recent interview. He talked up the idea of a reboot and said Depp has had ‘a great run’ and advised him ‘don’t frown because it’s over, smile because it happened’. It’s understood Beattie himself won’t be at the helm of Pirates 6, but having written original movie Curse Of The Black Pearl and been a consultant on follow-ups, he is a reliable source on this one.
It’s not too surprising they’d want to cut Depp out either. Once a media darling, allegations of spousal abuse against ex-wife Amber Heard has seen his popularity nosedive. Even without that, he’s had more bombs than hits this decade, with The Lone Ranger and Alice Through The Looking Glass are two standout lows.
And although Depp’s portrayal of Jack Sparrow is arguably his finest role ever, it hasn’t translated to box office sales for a while. The franchise still has potential, and by learning a few lessons from previous outings, Disney can make the first Sparrow-less Pirates their biggest hit yet.