The Pirates of the Caribbean could finally be setting sail in their sixth outing, but they might do so without Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow, according to Omega Underground.
We speculated a few months ago that a sixth Pirates of the Caribbean movie was in the works, and now progress is rumored to be moving forward on the script. But there is a rumor that Disney may not bring Johnny Depp back to the franchise after backlash over his appearance in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts sequel, as well as the recent firing of director James Gunn for vulgar tweets made a decade ago.
Depp has been accused of domestic violence against his ex-wife Amber Heard. With Disney terminating the contracts of controversial celebrities like Rosanne Barr and James Gunn, many are speculating that Disney may phase the Jack Sparrow character out of the next installment of the Pirates franchise due to the controversy.
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We now hear progress has been made and it might actually end up happening with director Joachim Rønning expected to return (currently shooting Disney’s Maleficent 2). A script is seemingly being worked on by writers Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, and Jeff Nathanson with production designer Nigel Phelps said to be returning as well.
Considering Joachim is busy with Maleficent 2 there is a good chance filming won’t be taking place until after that releases in late May 2020 and we assume could land a release in 2021-2022.
However, the success of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise depends largely on Johnny Depp’s Captain Sparrow. Could Disney even move forward with a new character, or another actor stepping into the iconic role?
Could Disney cast a strong female lead actress as Redd, the controversial re-imagined Redhead that has recently appeared in the original attraction?
It seems very unlikely, but stranger things have happened.
Stay tuned for more news on Pirates of the Caribbean 6 as we hear it.
[Source: Omega Underground]