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.
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.
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.