Johnny Depp thinks it's 'a good thing' he is no longer in 'Pirates of the Caribbean'
'Pirates of the Caribbean' has survived the losses of Orlando Bloom and Kiera Knightley, and Disney believes the same will hold true for Johnny Depp as it plans a reboot
'Pirates of the Caribbean' has been one of the most iconic franchises of the 21st century, arguably up there with the likes of 'Harry Potter,' 'Fast and the Furious,' 'Toy Story' et al. So, when it was announced that Disney was considering rebooting the franchise without lead actor Johnny Depp — who has quite possibly become synonymous with Captain Jack Sparrow — the reaction was one of surprise.
While there was little to write home about the last two installments of the 'Pirates of the Caribbean,' Depp was one of the few redeeming factors.
Having been in the role for almost a decade and a half, Hollywood Life claims the news that he may not be involved in a possible reboot has left the 55-year-old actor feeling "bittersweet."
Speaking to the tabloid, a source close to Depp said, "He loves the character and believes someday he will play it again but everything comes to an end. So there is some sadness, but it allows him to do his music and other roles."
While Depp has been touring with his band 'The Hollywood Vampires,' it's clear he holds Jack Sparrow very dear to his heart, and the source agrees. "He hopes to be remembered fondly for his time as Jack Sparrow," the source revealed. "But now it just means he has to give us another iconic role to begin to love. He is taking it as a good thing overall that he is no longer in the series."
The news of a rumored relaunch of 'Pirates of the Caribbean' comes as Disney is giving new life to some of its biggest hits such as 'Aladdin,' 'Dumbo,' 'The Jungle Book,' 'Beauty and the Beast,' 'Lion King,' 'Mary Poppins Returns,' and quite a few more.
Disney hired Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who have previously worked together on the likes of 'Zombieland,' 'Deadpool,' and 'Deadpool 2,' to work on a possible reboot, with the company's film chief Sean Bailey hoping their addition will give the franchise "a kick in the pants" and bring it a "new energy and vitality."
A source with inside knowledge is confident that it will all work out for the best, pointing out to how 'Pirates of the Caribbean' previously managed to survive the losses of both Orlando Bloom (Will Turner) and Kiera Knightley (Elizabeth Swann), who were absent in the fourth film, 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.'
The source pointed out how the duo made a cameo appearance in the succeeding movie and didn't rule out a similar role for Depp as well but agreed that moving forward was a "risk." However, they insisted the move was a right one, saying the company "want to tell other stories with younger actors, make prequels and just do different things with the franchise to extend the life of the franchise."
"Disney has seen what has been done with the Star Wars and Harry Potter franchises and they feel they can strike lightning twice and do it a lot cheaper without going back to the same well over and over again," the source added. "They want things to be fresh and are making the decision now to make the upcoming years as successful as they can possibly be.”