Earlier this year the Pirates of the Caribbean reboot lost the talents of Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick (Deadpool) with no updates on their replacements for months. According to Deadline, Disney has drafted in Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin and Pirates veteran Ted Elliott to put the script together.
While it remains unclear if Johnny Depp will be reprising his Oscar-nominated role as Captain Jack Sparrow, it is believed that the new movie will serve as a complete reboot. Disney has been toying with the idea of a reboot for more than a year after the belated fifth movie failed to match the success of the previous sequels. Dead Men Tell No Tales (or Salazar's Revenger) ranked as the second lowest grossing franchise with $788 million worldwide. That is by all accounts a lot of money, but costing more than $230 million to make (before marketing) it doesn't leave much treasure in the chest at the end of the day.
Nonetheless, Pirates is still a viable property for Disney with its accumulative box office of $4.5 billion across five movies. There is a strong case to be made for needing four additional helpings of Captain Jack Sparrow, and the diminishing box office only reinforces that audiences are tiring of the franchise. At least in its current iteration. For now, the plan is to develop a theatrically released reboot set in the established Pirates universe. However, the Obi-Wan Disney+ series was originally devised as a movie, and Disney has a hungry streaming platform to feed. Inevitably, Pirates of the Caribbean will end up as a series on Disney+, it might be ten years from now, it could be in two years, but it will happen someday.
Disney+ is mere weeks away from its US launch on November 12 with a host of exclusives including Star Wars live-action series The Mandalorian. Sadly, there are still no details on when Disney+ will land in the UK, but we'll be sure to keep you posted.