Hold your hearts, everyone; it is going to be big bad news: Johnny Depp will not return as the iconic Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
*Sobbing and wailing continues*
Disney’s film production chief Sean Bailey has confirmed that the next installment of ‘Pirates’ which is to be written by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese will not have Johnny Depp.
Johnny Depp garnered world-wide fame and recognition for playing this iconic character in 5 films of the popular franchise for a period spanning 14 years. Reports that Depp would not be in the next Pirate film surfaced in October during a red carpet interview in which the original film’s screenwriter, Stuart Beattie, called the Johhny’s time on the franchise “a great run”.
When Bailey was asked to comment, he replied: “We want to bring in a new energy and vitality. I love the [Pirates] 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.”
Reportedly, Pirates Of Caribbean is twelfth biggest franchise of all time and has garnered a total of USD 4.5 billion. Depp was one of the pivotal character and crowd puller for the franchise, if he goes away the fate of the pirates look uncertain for the future run.
The first installment of the franchise was released way back in 2003 and the latest was released in 2015.
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