Disney Is Pitching A ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ Reboot—And They Already Have A Writing Team In Mind

Johnny Depp may be great at transforming himself into all sorts of kooky characters and Fantastic Beasts, and there’s a little bit of both in his signature swashbuckler, Captain Jack Sparrow of Disney’s billion dollar Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. But will he be allowed to continue on with his ne’er-do-well pirate hero if Disney reboots the series?

This is the question fans and media outlets alike are pondering as Deadline reported yesterday that the studio and Pirates’ executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer are considering tapping the Deadpool and Deadpool 2 writing team of Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to “reboot” the franchise and give it new life. 

It’s unclear if Disney is looking for a total restart on the franchise or just some fresh blood to continue to move the story forward.

Fans wasted no time in asking the important questions—like, if Deadpool would be in it.  

So far, there is no official word as to whether Depp, who has been in all five movies, or any of the other cast members from the five previous films in the series will be reprising their roles. 

Either way, as Deadline put it:

“It is not surprising the studio will try to breathe new pirate life into the franchise, as the first five films grossed north of $4.5 billion over 14 years.”

But folks still love and are loyal to Depp and the original franchise:

Most folks didn’t seem to want a reboot:

The franchise, which has in the past featured a variety of strong women in pivotal roles throughout the sequels, seemed to dilute that energy with 2017’s Pirates of the Caribbean:Dead Men Tell No Tales.

As Gizmodo reported:

“The series already has enough issues with female representation, with the latest film only having one notable female character, played by Kaya Scodelario.”

Maybe Disney should think about repairing some of the damage caused by the last installment by casting a woman to replace Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. According to Pirates screenwriter Terry Rossio’s blog, it was Depp who notoriously put the kibosh on having a female villain in that latest installment because it “would be redundant to Dark Shadows, which also featured a female villain.” 

Charlize Theron anyone?

H/T: UPROXX, YouTube, Deadline