Can you Imagine Pirates of the Caribbean without Johnny Depp? Personally I would find it almost impossible. But it seems that’s exactly what is going to happen. According to one of the Franchise’s Screenwriters, It appears the multi-talented actor won't be reprising his role as Captain Jack Sparrow.
Trying to revive the lucrative Franchise after the last film fell below expectations. There had been whispers that Disney had met with the genius writers behind Deadpool to discuss a reboot of Pirates movie blockbusters after the five films in the franchise grossed a whopping total of $4.5 billion, making it one of the highest grossing movies in history.
According to deadline, Jerry Bruckheimer would return to serve as executive producer, but Johnny Depp's future as Sparrow is still uncertain.
Daily Mail has recently reported though, that the Hollywood star- who has played the famous role of the renegade pirate for 15 years - wouldn't be returning for the next movie in the franchise.
One of the movies screenwriters commented on the news: "I think he's had a great run. Obviously, he's made that character his own and it's become the character he's most famous for now.
"And kids all over the world love him as that character so I think it's been great for him, it's been great for us, so I'm just very, very happy about it.
Stuart added: "I think Jack Sparrow will be his legacy. It's the only character he's played five times, it's the character he dresses up in to visit children in hospitals, it's what he'll be remembered for.
"Before Jack Sparrow came along, Depp was considered this kind of quirky, independent actor that made these really cool little Tim Burton films, but he was by no means a movie star and a lot of people thought we were crazy for casting him at the time.
"Because he wasn't a proven commodity; you know, a big movie star. And we were making a big movie and we were putting this quirky, independent actor in the middle of it and people thought we were crazy. The fact that it worked is a miracle.
Apparently, the whole cast and crew where biting their nails and hoping for the best. But Depp blew everybody away with his unique performance and turned the character into one of the most iconic in modern cinema.
But despite that, Johnny's last Pirates movie, Dead Men Tell No Tales, received mixed reviews and was the lowest performing movie of the whole franchise.
This is probably why the producers feel it’s time to make some major changes, shake things up dangerously(because it can be a big risk dropping Depp entirely). He has cemented himself as the face and life of the franchise. Whatever the producers eventually come up with, it better not just be good, it has to be so good it can make fans flow with the change and accept the absence of Johnny Depp from their Pirates of the Caribbean screens.