Johnny Depp's run as Captain Jack Sparrow revitalised his career when it was beginning to sag.
The role was tailor-made for Depp, and he became synonymous with the role and... kind of actually became Jack Sparrow, what with all the jewellery and the hair and all of that. However, a reboot of 'Pirates of the Caribbean' is now officially underway with 'Deadpool' scribes Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese working on a screenplay.
In a recent interview with THR, Disney's film chief Sean Bailey was quizzed about the topic. The framing of the question began with the interviewer asking whether 'Pirates' could survive without Johnny Depp. Now, here's where it gets interesting - Bailey doesn't correct the interviewer regarding Depp's absence.
Here's the full quote. "We want to bring in a new energy and vitality. I love the 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."
Is that a confirmation? Maybe.
He didn't come right out and say it, but these film executives are so careful with every word that they'd correct the record immediately. Depp, for his part, is busy with Warner Bros. and 'Fantastic Beasts', so it's likely that he is done with 'Pirates' once and for all.
Not only that, given how his starpower of his late is definitely waning, not to mention all of the personal issues he's been having, it makes sense that Disney would dropkick him out of the franchise as he's no longer bankable.
The question now is whether anyone actually cares about 'Pirates of the Caribbean' sans Johnny Depp.