The female-led pirate adventure has gone from "Arrrrrrrr" to... "Narrrrrrrr".
The 'Pirates of the Caribbean' spin-off/reboot which was to be led by Margot Robbie has felt the wrath of The Kraken and has been gobbled up, never to be seen or heard of again.
Well, that's this version of the spin-off anyway, according to the star who was cast to lead the franchise. Robbie has been attached to the project for a couple of years, but her recent interview with Vanity Fair suggests that Disney didn't love the concept. Her 'Birds of Prey' screenwriter Christina Hodson was attached to the project too.
Robbie said: "We had an idea and we were developing it for a while, ages ago, to have more of a female-led — not totally female-led, but just a different kind of story — which we thought would’ve been really cool.
"But I guess they don’t want to do it."
But don't be too downcast, me hearties, as there's still another potential 'Pirates' entry on the horizon. Now that this female-led spin-off is dead in the water, it appears that Disney might just be moving forward with a sixth 'Pirates of the Caribbean' film with Johnny Depp back as the fan-favourite Jack Sparrow.
While it's certainly a franchise that the studios would wish to keep alive (as one of the biggest movie franchises ever made), it's uncertain how well-received Depp would be should he pick up his pirate hat and a bottle of rum for one more outing. His recent eye-opening trial with ex-wife Amber Heard aside, interest in the franchise began to wane as the quality dipped considerably following the first entry in the series, 'The Curse of the Black Pearl', as new characters were introduced in films four and five to replace Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley.
We'll just have to wait and see what Disney has planned for future instalments and if Depp will indeed return for another big paycheque. Margot Robbie might not be joining the 'Pirates' franchise just yet but she'll next appear on our screens in 'Babylon' alongside Brad Pitt and Tobey Maguire, which hits cinemas in January. She's also leading what will probably be the biggest movie of next summer, 'Barbie', which is set for release in July.