Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow axed from Pirates Of The Caribbean to bring in 'new energy'
It is understood that Disney producers met with ‘Deadpool' writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to discuss the script for a reboot of 'Pirates of the Caribbean.'
After 14 long years of portraying Captain Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp has officially been axed from the ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ franchise in an effort to herald in a “new energy.” It is understood that Disney producers met with ‘Deadpool' writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to discuss the script for a reboot.
The Hollywood Reporter quotes Disney's production chief Sean Bailey as saying, "I love the [Pirates] movies, but part of the reason Paul and Rhett are so interesting is that we want to give it a kick in the pants. And that's what I've tasked them with."
Talks about Depp's departure had begun with scriptwriter Stuart Beattie’s interview with the Daily Mail back in October, wherein he said, "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."
Amassing more than $4 billion from the franchise, Depp will surely will always be remembered for that role, or as Beattie puts it, Captain Sparrow will be the actor’s 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,” said Beattie, further adding, “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... 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.”
While we are sad to big adieu to Depp, what is to come in the Disney horizon? From Burton's 'Dumbo' to Jon Favreau's 'The Lion King,' there is quite a bit for an average Disney fan to look forward to. While the content is changing with time, ‘The Lion King’ trailer suggested a shot-to-shot remake of the original and that is no coincidence.
Said Bailey, “’The Lion King’ is a revered and beloved movie, so you'd better revere and love those parts that the audience wants. But there are things in the movie that are going to be new. [And] it is a new form of filmmaking. Historical definitions don't work. It uses some techniques that would traditionally be called animation, and other techniques that would traditionally be called live action. It is an evolution of the technology Jon used in ‘Jungle Book’.”