When Hollywood decides to reboot, remake, or revive an established money maker, they usually go back in time and pick something that was popular in the 80s or 90s. Disney, however, must be snorting the kind of pixie dust that gives them short term memory loss. Because just one year after the release of the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie Dead Men Tell No Tales, Deadline is reporting that Disney is already in talks to reboot the franchise.
Disney has reportedly already met with Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who wrote Zombieland and the first and second Deadpool films. Jerry Bruckheimer will continue to serve as producer (he’s produced all five Pirates films so far).
The Pirates films make massive amounts of money for Disney, so it kind of makes sense that Disney would milk that cash cow until it’s spitting out dust. The first five movies have brought in almost $1.5 billion worldwide.
Because it’s still in the early stages, not much else is known about this rebooting. For example, whether they’ll start from scratch, or just continue on but with different characters. Like Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow who has been in all five movies. Johnny, however, could possibly be a no-show in the reboot. Earlier this month, British GQ published an interview with Johnny in which he claimed Disney hated his portrayal of Jack Sparrow, because he was playing it gay on purpose, and they didn’t like that. He’s also kind of a mess. During the filming of the last Pirates film, Johnny reportedly kept showing up late to set, possibly delayed filming, and busting his hand. And there’s his current condition, known in the medical community as: Being Johnnydeppitis.
Disney would be dumb to reboot the franchise without Captain Jack Sparrow, especially since they retrofitted the damn ride with tons of cheesy Jack Sparrow animatronics. With that being said, if they want to make a movie without Johnny Depp, I suppose they could replace him with one of those Jack Sparrow robots. If you stop cleaning them, they’ll look pretty much the same as the original. They’ll always show up to set on time. All their lines could be programmed in through an external feed. To be honest, that last one isn’t really that different from the human version.