Renowned scriptwriter Terry Rossio has been the architect behind many Hollywood blockbusters including the likes of Shrek, The Lone Ranger, and the 1992 Aladdin.
Can you imagine any other actor, apart from Johnny Depp, essaying the role of Captain Jack Sparrow? We are pretty certain not many can replace the iconic character of the drunk pirate. However, in an interesting development, as reported by Discussing Film, Disney is currently in talks with the original writer to pen the upcoming reboot without their star actor on board.
Just around last year, Deadpool writer duo Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were roped in to give the reboot a new lease of life. However last month, the project fell apart as they decided to drop out of penning the script. There were even rumors that the franchise may just end with 2017’s Dead Men Tell No Tales, being the final installment, reported We Got This Covered.
But wait, all hope is not lost. The original writer of the Pirates franchise, Terry Rossio, is apparently being eyed to pick up the script, where Reese and Wernick left off. If you are not familiar with Rossio’s writing credentials, you are in for a surprise!
The renowned writer has been the architect behind many Hollywood blockbusters including the likes of Shrek, The Lone Ranger, and the 1992 Aladdin. And obviously, he is also known for penning the four scripts of the Pirates franchise and receiving a story credit for the fifth.
With Johnny Depp not returning to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow, Disney is really hoping to bring back the magic that the series had created over the years. However, with Rossio returning, the upcoming movie may just not the fit the bill vis-à-vis production chief Sean Bailey’s previous claim that they want to bring “new energy and vitality” to the franchise.
Meanwhile, Rossio will be in the spotlight next year as he has penned the script for Godzilla vs. Kong, which is set for release on March 13, 2020. Although there is no official release date for the Pirates of the Caribbean reboot, fans still cannot fathom how the makers are planning to bring in a new Captain Jack Sparrow on board.
It all started when Johnny Depp's attorneys blamed Amber Heard's op-ed in The Washington Post claiming that her abuse allegations "were part of an elaborate hoax to generate positive publicity for Ms. Heard and advance her career." The spat took an ugly turn four days later when Disney had decided to drop Depp from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
If reports are to be believed, the op-ed was published on December 18, which the lawsuit claimed was an elaborate plan to help Amber Heard promote her film 'Aquaman.'
Meanwhile, Amber Heard's attorneys had released a statement saying: "This frivolous action is just the latest of Johnny Depp's repeated efforts to silence Amber Heard. She will not be silenced. Mr. Depp's actions prove he is unable to accept the truth of his ongoing abusive behavior. But while he appears hell-bent on achieving self-destruction, we will prevail in defeating this groundless lawsuit and ending the continued vile harassment of my client by Mr. Depp and his legal team."
Long story short, Johnny Depp loses his job in the Pirates franchise and fans were in for a shock when Disney confirmed his departure from the series.
Stuart Beattie, who also wrote the original Pirates film told Daily Mail: "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."
"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," he added, praising how Depp owned that character. "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."
He concluded, saying: "For a big, commercial popcorn movie to get an Oscar nomination, for the actor, is incredible. So that was a lot of fun seeing that."
The series’ fifth film "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, registered a box office haul of almost $800 million, which was considered lower than its predecessors. The second and fourth film of the series had raked in over $1 billion while the third one amassed a total box office collection of $963 million.
The 'Pirates of the Caribbean' reboot is definitely reaching the cinemas without Johnny Depp in it, but only time will tell if the makers are able to give the franchise a new lease of life without their star actor.