It looks like a Pirates of the Caribbean reboot is in the works, but sans Johnny Depp.
Disney Film production chief Sean Bailey spoke to Hollywood Reporter about his plans and the future for Disney movies when the topic of the new Pirates of the Caribbean came up.
Bailey hired Deadpool scriptwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to work on a possible Pirates of the Caribbean reboot – sans Johnny Depp.
Speaking about the project he said: "We want to bring in a new energy and vitality. I love the [ Pirates ] movies, but part of the reason Paul and Rhett are so interesting is that we want to give it a kick in the pants. And that’s what I’ve tasked them with."
Back in October, screenwriter of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl claimed Depp was out.
Daily Mail TV reported at the time Stuart Beattie nodded when it was suggested Depp had left the franchise.
He 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.”
Now Bailey seems to have confirmed the news. Of course, Depp has just starred in the Fantastic Beasts 2 franchise as Grindelwald, which came with its own controversies.
Pirates of the Caribbean 5 stormed the box office last year, but it didn’t quite edge to the billion dollar mark like the earlier offerings.
A reboot could refresh the franchise and kick start a new story.
Skyler Shuler, editor of The DisInsider, reported that the franchise will now focus on Redd, a female pirate.
Odds are already in on who could play her, with Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence at 20-1.
Daisy Ridley, from Star Wars, has also had her name thrown in the mix.
Who would you like to see play Redd?
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