Jerry Bruckheimer recently revealed that two Pirates of the Caribbean 6 movies are in development, one starring Margot Robbie and one without her.
A sixth Pirates of the Caribbean movie is in development and could star Margot Robbie. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer has revealed that two scripts are being written for Pirates of the Caribbean 6, one involving Robbie and the other without her. Bruckheimer is currently busy promoting the Tom Cruise starrer, Top Gun: Maverick, and recently talked to The Sunday Times about the making of the upcoming action film. When asked about the future of the Pirates of the Caribbean and the chances of it having a female lead, Bruckheimer said,
“Yes. We’re talking to Margot Robbie. We are developing two Pirates scripts — one with her, one without.”
But the big question is, will Johnny Depp return to the franchise? There have been reports that Disney doesn’t want to do anything with Depp and even rejected his cameo in the planned Margot Robbie Pirates movie. Depp is currently involved in a $50 million defamation suit against ex-wife Amber Heard over her domestic abuse allegations against him, which he vehemently denies. During his testimony, Depp declared that he would never return to the Pirates of the Caribbean series.
That certainly complicates things, but fans are rallying behind the legendary megastar, and there is a petition to rehire Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean 6. And if he wins his ongoing lawsuit and it rehabilitates his image in Hollywood, things could change. Depp has the fans’ support, and if enough people demand it, even he couldn’t say no to reprising his iconic role as Captain Jack Sparrow.
Unfortunately, there are no plans for Depp to star in the sixth Pirates movie for now, Bruckheimer confirmed. When asked if Johnny Depp could come back, the veteran producer said, “Not at this point. The future is yet to be decided.” While those are not words fans would like to hear, it appears Depp’s Pirates of the Caribbean return is uncertain but still possible.
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While testifying in the ongoing trial, Johnny Depp was questioned by Amber Heard’s legal team over his comments that he’d never play Jack Sparrow again even if Disney offered him “$300 million and a million alpacas.” With his fate already on thin ice after the moderate success of 2017’s Dead Men No Tales, Disney quietly fired him from the franchise when Heard’s allegations resurfaced.
Depp is one of the main reasons why the Pirates of the Caribbean series is loved worldwide, and being declared guilty without due process of law left him feeling “betrayed.” Depp, too, wanted the long-running and insanely successful franchise to conclude, but on a high note and with a satisfying farewell.
“My feeling was that these characters should be able to have their proper goodbye, as it were. A franchise can only last for so long and there’s a way to end a franchise like that and I thought that the characters deserved to have their way out, to end the franchise on a very good note. I planned on continuing until it was time to stop.”
As for Pirates of the Caribbean 6, Disney has tapped Christina Hodson (Birds of Prey, Batgirl) to write the film with Margot Robbie set to star. There’s currently no word about who will headline the other Pirates 6 movie in development, but we’ve heard Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin and The Curse of the Black Pearl writer Ted Elliot are penning the screenplay.
It’s unlikely any major news about the series’ future will come out in the next few months as the Depp vs. Heard trial continues to rile up the internet. But stay tuned for more updates.
Mudit Chhikara is a news writer at MovieWeb. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electronics, but being a lifelong cinephile, Mudit decided to write about movies for a living.