Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” reboot in harsh waters, series might be walking the plank

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"Pirates of the Caribbean" reboot approaching harsh waters

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Famed writers of “Deadpool,” Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, have stepped away from Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” reboot, leaving the project in limbo of possibly ever coming to the big screen.

In a new report by Deadline, Disney insiders say Reese and Wernick are no longer working on a sixth installment in the worldwide box office smash hit series. It’s been reported that the company is divided about what happens next. Some are saying Disney is in search of viable replacement options or that the franchise might be headed to dry-dock for good.

"Pirates of the Caribbean" reboot approaching harsh waters
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Deadline reports the news of the writing duo’s exit comes as a surprise as the hiring of Wernick and Reese was widely hailed and Sean Bailey, Disney film production chief, had been very vocal about his excitement. Bailey told reporters and colleagues that the writers were going to “make Pirates punk rock again” and give the franchise a much-needed “kick in the pants.” However, this excitement and high hopes have since fallen with the current news.

October 2018 was when we first heard of the possibility of a reboot of the swashbuckling film series. This was when the news of Reese and Wernick stepping aboard the project was first reported. Only a day later, we found out that Johnny Depp would not be reprising his role in the series if the project were to go into production.

Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow
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The “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise first hit the big screen back in 2003 with its first film, “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.” This film was followed by four sequels, which in total, grossed over $4.5 billion dollars. This massive turnout at the box office made the film series a large success for The Walt Disney Company.

Deadline reports there have been some discussions of rebooting the franchise into a “Pirates of the Caribbean” television series. However, the budgetary and logistical challenges the series would face might be too challenging.

What are your thoughts on the possible “Pirates of the Caribbean” reboot not making it to the big screen after all? Let us know in the comments below!

6 Comments

  1. Kathy

    If Johnny Depp won’t be in the next installment, I’m not sure I care to see it anyway

  2. Tiffany

    I think they should still make the 6th Installment. 5 and 6 were originally supposed to be made back to Back so bring back the cast and finish the story and leave Johnny depp in the movie. He once said if you keep making the movies he will keep doing them. I absolutely love these please dont leave us Hanging.

  3. No reboot, please. End it with Johnny Depp & the rest of the cast (Bloom & Knightley) or don’t do anything at all.

  4. Carol

    These are my favorite movies of all time but the writing started going downhill after the 3rd one. They were only successful because of Johnny Depp . Anything without him wouldn’t be a Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

  5. Kathy

    If We Can’t Have Johnny as Jack in The Movie, Let It Die … Because You Have…Cut Your Own Throat, Shot Yourself in The Foot, Cut Off Your Nose Despite Your Face, …YES, This Is You Without Johnny As JACK…

  6. See… I’d be -more than happy- to have a Pirates movie or two that didn’t focus on the same characters they’ve been grinding on for the past what, 15 years now? More?

    I love the feel of the PotC universe and the flavor of high seas fantasy that it has, but as much as I love Jack Sparrow and all the rest, I’m tired of them. Their stories have been told, and there’s no reason to keep retelling them, ESPECIALLY with different actors. If they’re going to do new PotC movies, they should BE new. Focus on Red’s tale, for example, or else just come up with a bunch of new characters just like they did when Black Pearl was written.

    I hope they don’t can the idea of ‘more Pirates movies’, but I really hope they do can the ‘but it’s a reboot’ angle. Maybe a TV show is the way to go…

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