It appears Johnny Depp’s run as Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has come to an end.
Even though the latest film in the franchise hit theaters just last year, Disney announced they are looking at a way to do a reboot of the swashbuckling fantasy.
They tapped the writing duo behind Deadpool, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, to write a new script. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer remains on board to steer the ship.
For the last few days since the announcement, it was unknown if Depp would be involved in any capacity.
Depp is, after all, involved in a new mega franchise playing the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts. That film series serves as a prequel of sorts to the Harry Potter franchise.
Well, on Friday, it seemed all but confirmed that Depp would not be returning.
The original film’s writer, Stuart Beattie, told DailyMailTV:
“I think he’s had a great run. Obviously he’s made that character his own and it’s become the thing that he’s most famous for now. It’s been great for him and it’s been great for us.”
“There’s that saying, ‘Don’t frown because it’s over, smile because it happened.’ The fact that they’re rebooting something that you did means that you did something that was worth rebooting. It’s an honour.”
People were pretty upset that Depp would not be involved in the franchise anymore.
Cancel it because POTC is NOTHING without Johnny Depp.
— Samuel Carvalho (@SamCarvalho) October 26, 2018
— Joe (@JoeeGlackenn) October 25, 2018
— Tom Scrimshaw (@tomscrimshaw) October 25, 2018
Not having Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean is like not having Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street… and look how that reboot panned out pic.twitter.com/XkCPwkBzlJ
— Gary Buglass (@GaryBuglass) October 25, 2018
Many felt that if Depp was gone, they may as well just ax the whole franchise.