If you love Pirates of the Caribbean, then you’re either going to jump for joy at this news, or roll your eyes. It looks like there’s going to be a reboot of the franchise.
Deadpool and Zombieland writers, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, are reportedly in early talks to pen the script, reports Deadline.
In terms of any other information, we have very little to go on. Jerry Bruckheimer will continue to act as producer for the franchise, however unfortunately for all of us, there’s some pretty bad news about one of the most iconic film characters of the 21st century.
Scriptwriter Stuart Beattie appeared to confirm the news DailyMail TV and revealed that the entire franchise will be getting a complete make-over, without Captain Jack. I’m gutted.
Speaking about his exit, Stuart 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.”
He 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.”
There are rumours that a Pirates of the Caribbean 6 is currently in the works. However it could be that the reboot IS this sixth movie. There are also rumours that the writers of Dead Men Tell No Tales, Jeff Nathanson and Terry Rossio, are working on the script, and that the film’s co-director Joachim Rønning is returning for it.
Which can mean only one thing – Johnny Depp is officially being axed from playing the role of Captain Jack Sparrow. As you can imagine, I’m absolutely hearbroken by this news. After all, what IS Pirates Of The Caribbean without Cap’n Jack?