with Depp and some even started an online petition to bring the actor back to the Pirates franchise.
The amusing part of this whole debacle is that the recent movie in the series was poorly received by the audience. Dead Men Tell No Tales was bombarded by criticism coming from both fans and critics. While the film performed okay in the box office, the talks about potential sequels were very quiet and were more akin to whispers. The sixth film entered the early development stage recently…
Pirates without Sparrow?
Admit it, you will not even think about watching another Pirates of the Caribbean movie without the weird and sleazy captain Jack Sparrow who lies his way out of every pickle-like situation. Even Disney execs realized it and definitely were worried about the fate of the franchise that was started by an incredible, memorable performance from Depp who managed to create a completely new and unique character that immediately became a pop-culture icon.
Disney is very quick when it comes to removing people who became centers of bad public attention. For example, they promptly removed James Gunn from the MCU when a series of his old tweets were brought to public attention. While the vast majority of fans defended the director whose jokes were just that — jokes, the studio still went through with their decision to fire him. Well, he is back and will soon be in the director chair on the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Is the same fate waiting for Johnny Depp? It is really hard to say. The rumors are that Disney is either already in talks with the actor or plan to start negotiations very soon. It is clear that fans will not appreciate a new entry in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise without the charming shenanigans from Jack Sparrow.