Fans hold onto the hope of seeing Johnny Depp back as Jack Sparrow, but that remains a distant dream considering the way he was ousted from the movies. However, their joy is evident with the confirmation of Margot Robbie’s exit from the female-led reboot of . While Robbie had previously hinted at the series potentially not moving forward, it was not confirmed whether the project was officially dead.
Depp expressed dissatisfaction with Disney’s decision to remove him from the franchise even before a verdict was reached in his domestic violence case. The production for a sixth movie was put on hold due to the strikes, but further updates about the movie are yet to be released since the strikes have concluded.
was attached to the project in 2020 when Disney planned a female-led spinoff. Christina Hodson, who worked with Robbie in , was hired to write the screenplay. However, last November, the actress conveyed that the project might not move forward as Disney did not greenlight their proposed storyline. Robbie told :
“We had an idea and we were developing it for a while, ages ago, to have more of a female-led – not totally female-led, but just a different kind of story – which we thought would’ve been really cool, but I guess they [Disney] don’t want to do it.”
However, producer clarified the following month that the project was not dead, but the sequel took priority. He addressed the story, sharing that it was indeed a very strong story, but it needed a little more work. However, recently, entertainment reporter Jeff Sneider confirmed on segment with John Rocha that the actress has left the project.
Fans on X welcomed this news, with some sharing that nobody wanted a reboot project. Fans also rallied for the return of to the movies. Some also commented on the film’s updates constantly shifting between ‘dead’ and ‘not dead’. Fan reactions read:
Nobody even wanted it in the first place
— Screen Wizard 🧙♂️ (@screenwizardz) November 10, 2023
Wooot woot. Bring back Johnny
— A Trim (@DedicatedBeard) November 10, 2023
I feel like the status of this movie keeps shifting from “Dead “ to “Not Dead”, back to “Dead”, and then just going back and forth every few months.
— 💛❤️💙🤍treystar679 (FNAF MOVIE HYPE) (@treystar679) November 10, 2023
Just shelf the whole thing
— ian (@Tb12Fan12) November 10, 2023
Better produce the movie “#Barbie of the Carribean” instead
— Movie Chaser (@themoviechaser) November 10, 2023
Interestingly, Bruckheimer was still interested in bringing back Johnny Depp for future installments. In June 2023, Depp hinted that he might consider returning to the franchise only if the story proves worthwhile.
After the release of , Disney had plans to reboot the franchise, featuring a younger cast. Disney hired writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to plan out the screenplay for the film. Jerry Bruckheimer was also set to return as producer. However, in 2019, Reese and Wernick left the project, leading to the cancelation of the reboot.
Disney then brought in original series writer Ted Elliott and creator for the sixth film in 2019. , who appeared as Carina Smyth in , revealed that she had signed a contract for a sixth film and could potentially return to the franchise. In February 2023, former star also expressed his interest in returning to the series.
All films in the franchise are now available for streaming on Disney+.