During an interview at Oz Comic-Con, Orlando Bloom has teased that he might be rejoining Johnny Depp for the fifth entry in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
"There have certainly been some discussions about it and I'm open to it.”
Okay, so that’s not exactly a firm yes but it does reveal that Disney have discussed the possibility of Will Turner returning to the fold. Orlando Bloom went on to talk about the experience of making three Pirates movies alongside one of his idols.
"I had a great time working with Johnny, one of the reasons I jumped at the opportunity was because Johnny was involved. I was such a massive fan of Johnny Depp growing up so to get up close and personal to Johnny and see how he worked as an actor was just a massive gift."
The first movie was an enjoyable (albeit repetitive) romp elevated by a career changing performance from Johnny Depp, the following two sequels were a convoluted storytelling nightmare spindled with special effects and action set pieces that made little sense. The fourth movie (On Stranger Tides) found Captain Jack sail into new waters, neither Bloom or Kiera Knightly returned but the end results was no better than the previous two. A noticeable drop off in the US has likely played a part in Disney wanting to take their time to get this one right, I’m not sure if adding Orlando Bloom back into the mix is the way to go but nothing has been confirmed at this stage.
So far, what we do know is Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are directing, Johnny Depp will be back as Captain Jack Sparrow, the current release date is summer 2017 and it’s going under the tentative title of Dead Men Tell No Tales . The original plan was to have the movie ready for summer 2015, that soon turned into 2016 so it remains to be seen if the 2017 release date will be kept. Last week, the Australian government approved the reassignment of a tax incentive earmarked for Disney’s now shelved adaptation of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea to go to the fifth Pirates movie. The incentive is said to be below what Disney were expecting so we’ll have to wait and see if Captain Jack embarks on an adventure down-under.