Disney Finally Breaks Silence, Reveals Johnny Depp’s Future as Captain Jack Sparrow
Johnny Depp's tenure as Captain Jack Sparrow might not be over just yet.
The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has been a lucrative venture for The Walt Disney Company, generating a staggering $4.5 billion in revenue. Depp has portrayed the iconic protagonist in all five films, alongside actors like Keira Knightley (Elizabeth Swann Turner) and Orlando Bloom (Will Turner). The most recent installment, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, hit theaters in 2017, and much has transpired since then.
Amid allegations of physical and emotional abuse made by his ex-wife Amber Heard, Disney appeared to distance itself from Depp. The former couple engaged in two separate defamation trials—one in the United Kingdom and another in the United States. Last summer, the U.S. defamation trial concluded with a resounding victory for Depp against Heard. Although Heard initially expressed intentions to appeal the decision, she eventually settled with Depp out of court, reportedly paying him $1 million in December of last year.
Despite ongoing speculation from fans, Johnny Depp made it clear during the defamation trial that he had no intention of returning to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, even for a hefty sum of $300 million. Since then, he has relocated to Europe and has been exploring opportunities in both music and acting abroad. His latest film, titled Jeanne Du Barry, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival a few weeks ago.
The question of a potential reunion between Depp and Disney has been a lingering topic. While neither party has explicitly expressed a desire to reunite, they are both aware of the fans' strong desire to see it happen. Depp has occasionally appeared in his Captain Jack Sparrow persona for select fans, but there is a significant distinction between sporadic appearances and a full-fledged return to Disney for another movie.
As Depp continues to pursue his career, including directing a film in Europe, Disney has finally broken its silence regarding the future of Pirates of the Caribbean 6, shedding light on Johnny Depp's involvement.
During an interview with the New York Times, Sean Bailey, President of Disney Studios Motion Picture Production, expressed enthusiasm about the upcoming phase of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
Bailey stated, "We believe we have an incredibly compelling and exciting story that pays homage to the previous films while also bringing something fresh to the table."
When questioned about Johnny Depp's involvement in the film, Bailey remained noncommittal, stating that Disney has yet to make a definitive decision.
Disney's stance on the matter is intriguing. While they have not ruled out a potential return for Depp, they have also not provided any guarantees at this stage. Previously, Pirates of the Caribbean producer Jerry Bruckheimer mentioned that Disney had developed two scripts, neither of which were likely to feature Johnny Depp. However, it is worth noting that the story could be adjusted or altered if both parties were to reach an agreement in the future.