Disney is moving full steam ahead with its proposed Pirates of the Carribean reboot with Deadpool writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese onboard to pen the script. Following on from reports that the studio was exploring a Johnny Deep-less revamp, Disney’s film production chief Sean Bailey echoes those rumors in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
“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.”
I'll admit to enjoying the first Pirates of the Carribean; it was a fun (albeit repetitive) swashbuckler with an Oscar-nominated turn from indie darling Johnny Depp. The subsequent four sequels have had some highlights (Bill Nighy's Davy Jones), but any positivity is buried deep within a convoluted plot and a rapidly tired performance from Depp. A convoluted plot and the presence of Johnny Depp hasn't done Fantastic Beasts any favours at the box office. Last summer's Salazar's Revenge (or Dead Men Tell No Tales) proved the current iteration of the franchise was running out of steam ranking as the second lowest grossing in the series.
There is a wealth of potential with the Pirates franchise in the right hands, and Disney should have made Jack Sparrow walk the plank along with original co-stars Keira Knightly and Orlando Bloom after At World's End. It seems unlikely that the return of Davey Jones teased in the post-credits scene of Salazar's Revenge won't be used for the next instalment. Unless Jones slaughters Will & Elizabeth Turner sends Sparrow to the locker, and a whole new set of characters are introduced to thwart Jones' schemes.
Meanwhile, Disney is readying another ride for the franchise treatment with the Dwayne Johnson/Emily Blunt led Jungle Cruise set for release in 2020.