The next Pirates of the Caribbean movie probably won’t have Captain Jack Sparrow swaggering around on unsteady feet, but in the event they decide to throw in a knock-off of Disney’s most famous drunk pirate, here’s some free character development help for them.
It’s a sad day for Keith Richards, for it would appear his 14-year-long spiritual biopic has finally come to an end. “But how do I die?” asks a crestfallen Keith. Oh Keith, you don’t die – you outlive us all. But one thing that has apparently been shoved into Hollywood’s morgue is Johnny Depp’s portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
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.
Two years ago, there was some Harry Potter-adjacent casting news that made people almost flip their shit as hard as they did when they cast a black Hermione in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Except this uproar was just a bit more justified. It involved Johnny Depp, the Fantastic Beasts series, and the ongoing abuse allegations. Johnny is finally talking about that time.
British GQ released a Johnny Depp profile that seemed to take everything Rolling Stone did a few months earlier, and did the exact opposite. What we got was a picture of Johnny that made him seem cool, funny, not an alcoholic, responsible with money, and living for his truth. I’m sure Johnny hugged the issue with eyes closed and whispered “Thank you” after he lifted his copy from his mailbox. But one person who clearly didn’t buy British GQ’s power washing of Johnny’s reputation was his ex-wife Amber Heard.
In July, Johnny Depp gave a Rolling Stone interview where he was up all night, bragging about blowing $5 million to shoot Hunter S. Thompson’s ashes into the atmosphere and reminiscing about quaaludes. Johnny wanted a damage control do-over, but he sure as hell wasn’t going back to Rolling Stone. So he went to British GQ and tried to set things straight.