Disney is reportedly moving ahead with Pirates Of The Caribbean 6, although it might be a long time until we actually see it. Last summer’s Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales didn’t do quite as well as the other movies in the series, but it still made a boat load of money (literally) and Disney are obviously keen to do it again.
Series writers Ted Elliot, Terry Rossio and Jeff Nathanson are all working on the script, and Dead Man Tell No Tales’ director, Joachim Rønning, is expected to return behind the camera. But with Rønning currently shooting Maleficent 2, and all rumored production for Pirates 6 still very much in the early stages, it sounds like we wouldn’t see the film until at least 2020.
To be fair, if we did see a sequel in 2020, that would mean a shorter break than the one we saw between Dead Man Tell No Tales and 2011’s On Stranger Tides, so the series continuity wouldn’t feel too drawn out.
But then there’s the Johnny Depp question. With controversy surrounding everything he does at the moment – and Disney getting more and more cautious about sullying their family friendly brand – it’s not certain that Depp would return in the role of Captain Jack Sparrow.
Talking to Digital Spy last year, producer Jerry Bruckheimer was quite clear that without Depp, there’s no Pirates Of The Caribbean.
“I just don’t see it,” he said. “The secret to any successful franchise is picking talented people, and Johnny is absolutely key to the success of Pirates. He’s such a unique character, such an endearing character, and such an irreverent character all in one.”
Are Disney hoping that Depp’s bad press will blow over by the time 2020 comes around? Or are they prepping a Pirates movie without Jack Sparrow?
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