The Pirates of the Caribbean reboot will likely be without Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow, and Disney could be saving a ton of money by dropping him
According to Forbes, Disney could save up to $90 million by dropping Depp, which is his reported salary per Pirates of the Caribbean movie in recent years.
The outlet writes: “The hard-to-imagine is here: nobody’s thinking about bringing on Johnny for the next one, at his reported $90-million per.”
Just last month, Disney film chief Sean Bailey addressed The Hollywood Reporter in regards to the reports that Deadpool screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick would be rebooting the franchise with Pirates of The Carribean 6, While avoiding Johnny Depps – Jack Sparrow character.
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.
We previously reported this last month and suggested that ride/in-park character Redd is most likely taking over for Jack Sparrow. Suggesting that Depp likely wouldn’t be returning due to his toxic on and off-set behavior.
We are hearing from multiple sources that Disney is indeed ready to part ways with Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow character that has led the franchise over the last 5 films. We are also hearing the studio is looking to center the franchise on Redd, the recently revamped character in the popular Disneyland attraction who is also a meet-in-greet park character.
Bailey clearly avoided talking about Depp’s involvement but he also didn’t deny what the outlet questioned.
It is still unclear if the previously reported Joachim Rønning will return to direct. One has to assume they will look in a new direction for a director. Jerry Bruckheimer will once again board the ship as producer.
The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is one of the most financially successful of all time. The five films have grossed over $4.5 billion at the worldwide box office. The last pirates film Dead Men Tell No Tales ended up making $794.1M worldwide for the studio, dominating the Memorial Day weekend in 2017, but didn’t quite make it to $1 billion like previous Pirates films.