Could Disney Be Re-booting ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ to Save Money?

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According to several news sources, the newest rumor is that one of the reason Walt Disney Pictures is re-booting the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is to save money.

How much money would they save?

It’s reported that Depp’s compensation for portraying Captain Jack Sparrow would be $90 million dollars.

But isn’t he worth it?

Many would argue that he is considering he is now the face of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, but when you look at it budgetary, it makes sense that Disney would want to cut back.

Comic Book Resources (CBR) pointed out the following:

Depp’s reported salary to reprise his iconic role as Captain Jack would have been $90 million. As the most recent installment, last year’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, had a reported production budget of $230 million, over a third of the production costs would have been its swaggering star’s salary alone.

Looking at it from that point of view paints a very good reason for why they might want to give it another go with a new actor/actress. Disney does have the funds to cover it, but with all the recent expansion, the upcoming Disney+ streaming service with all the new shows and movies going to that, and the Fox acquisition, they might be trying to save money where they can.

What do we know for sure about the continuation of Pirates of the Caribbean?

As of now this is all mostly rumor. The only thing that we know for sure is that Disney has hired Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to create the script for the next film.  We also know that the President of Production for Walt Disney Studios, Sean Bailey, said that they want to give the IP  “a kick in the pants.”

Currently, it’s all rumor until they announce who will star in the next Pirates of the Caribbean film. The fans definitely have some strong opinions on this and Disney might want to look into that before making a final decision.

What do you think? Comment and let us know!

Source: CBR


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Disney has been a big part of my life for years--from family trips to WDW to growing up on Disney classics, TV, and movies. I'm a mom and an art teacher. I love to share my love for Disney and I'm also a co-host of the Disney fan podcast Pirates and Princesses (PNP.) Opinions, like my freckles, are all mine.

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