This week bought us the first rumors that Disney is planning to reboot its Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise – turning part six into an entirely new chapter for the swashbuckling series, possibly without Johnny Depp.
While it sounds like a great idea to us, the idea that the studio would ditch the one star that holds it all together seems a bit too big a step for Disney to make – even if it does have a history of overreacting to avoid any hint of off-screen controversy.
However, apeaking to DailyMailTV, The Curse Of The Black Pearl‘s screenwriter Stuart Beattie responded to the rumours by dropping a lot of strong hints that suggested Depp is already long gone.
“I think he’s had a great run,” said Beattie. “Obviously he’s made that character his own and it’s become the thing that he’s most famous for now. It’s been great for him and it’s been great for us.”
Talking in the past tense, and mentioning a “great run” it certainly doesn’t sound like anyone is expecting Depp to return for Part 6.
Elsewhere in the interview, Beattie confirmed that that series is definitely getting a reboot, calling his tenure on the franchise “an honor.”
“There’s that saying, ‘Don’t frown because it’s over, smile because it happened’,” he said. “The fact that they’re rebooting something that you did means that you did something that was worth rebooting. It’s an honour to be rebooted.”
Disney is yet to announce anything officially, but it certainly sounds like Depp is gone, the reboot rumours are true, and the Pirates Of The Caribbean series we know is over.
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