Jerry Bruckheimer Gives Update On Johnny Depp Returning For Pirates Of The Caribbean Reboot

The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is set for a reboot, but will Johnny Depp return?

Johnny Depp in Pirates Of The Caribbean

A significant indication has emerged regarding the direction of future Pirates of the Caribbean films, leaving fans speculating about the potential return of familiar characters.

Despite the seven-year gap since the last installment, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Disney has been exploring various concepts for the franchise. Alongside rumors of a spin-off featuring Ayo Edibiri, Margot Robbie has long been associated with a female-centered Pirates project. However, updates have been scarce since the project was reportedly shelved in late 2022.

In a recent interview with ComicBook.com, producer Jerry Bruckheimer provided clarity on the franchise's future, stating, "We're gonna reboot Pirates, so that is easier to put together because you don't have to wait for certain actors."

While not explicitly stated, it appears the next Pirates film may not feature either Margot Robbie or Johnny Depp. Since Depp's legal battle with Amber Heard in 2022, there has been no confirmation regarding his involvement in future installments. This latest announcement suggests the studio is moving in a different direction from Depp for the upcoming movie.

The script for the sixth Pirates film is in development, with Craig Mazin, known for his work on The Last of Us and Chernobyl, collaborating with Ted Elliot, writer of Shrek. Mazin expressed surprise at the acceptance of their pitch for the film and revealed that despite delays caused by last year's writer's strike, they are making progress on the screenplay.

Jerry Bruckheimer, in previous statements, expressed enthusiasm for the project, mentioning that they are actively working on it and are close to having a great screenplay. However, when questioned about Depp reprising his role as Jack Sparrow, Bruckheimer remained non-committal, stating, "We'll see. I would love it. I would love to have him in the movie – that’s all that I can tell you."

Regarding her canceled Pirates project, Margot Robbie mentioned that they had envisioned a different kind of story, albeit not entirely female-led, which she believed would have been compelling. However, she speculated that Disney opted not to pursue it for undisclosed reasons.