The rumors were doing the round: man overboard at Pirates of The Caribbean. Johnny Depp would no longer be welcome.
Disney-production manager Sean Bailey gave on the website of The Hollywood Reporter for a diplomatic turn: the Pirates of the Caribbean movies must be ” a new energy and vitality’, and also ‘a kick up the pants’.
That would be the command that Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, known as screenwriters of Deadpool, Disney have been given for a new film in the successful franchise. Then, who is exactly a kick for his pants, says Bailey. But the rumors went on for a long time that Johnny Depp no longer welcome, for the sixth Pirates film, and this quote is read as a pseudo-official confirmation.
The image of Depp sustained heavy damage by his vechtscheiding of Amber Heard. Possibly partly as a result, Dead men tell no tales, the latest Pirates film, at the box office worse than all his predecessors. Hence, Disney is opting for a reboot.
Depp played Captain Jack Sparrow in five films between 2003 and 2017. On his own initiative, he put the fictional 18th-century pirate down as a permanently drunken dandy, inspired by rocker Keith Richards. Soon he found out that he, and not Orlando Bloom, the star of the movies.