'Pirates Of The Caribbean 6': Release date, plot, cast and all you need to know about the Disney fantasy adventure film
Johnny Depp's involvement in the franchise is a big question mark
'Pirates Of The Caribbean 6' has been in a state of limbo for quite a while now. So will it ever see the light of day? And if it does, who will star in it, now that Johnny Depp has been dropped from the franchise due to the physical abuse allegations leveled against him by Amber Heard. When the first film was released back in 2003, it was a grand success since before that pirate films had flopped miserably at the box office.
Fans loved the erratic and quirky Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) and his adventures at sea. The last film 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' earned around 800 million dollars worldwide, following which Disney announced the sixth film in 2018. However, it is still in development and the future of the film remains uncertain. Here's what we do know about the film for now.
In 2018, Sean Bailey, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production's President, said that he wanted to give the franchise a "kick in the pants" and that the studio wished to bring in new energy for the sixth film. There were speculations that the new film would be a reboot of the franchise. There has been no confirmation about the release date as yet. The earlier films were released either in July or May and the last three films dominated Memorial Day Weekend, and it seems quite possible that the sixth film would be released on the same date in possibly 2022-2023, but nothing is certain.
The script for 'Pirates 6' is yet to be completed and creators have been tight-lipped about the details. Rumour has it that it will be a female-driven plot and the story will be trace back to the original theme park ride which started it all.
Johnny Depp's involvement in the franchise is a big question mark. However, despite being box office successes, 'Pirates' films have been slammed by critics and many fans alike, leading to a decline in the appeal of the franchise, so it's hard to say whether Disney will risk hiring Depp again and face more backlash. Currently, all signs point to him playing a minor role. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer had said that he would keep the door open for him.
Meanwhile, actress Kaya Scodelario revealed to Screen Rant that she's going to be in the next film, and would be interested in returning. Bill Nighy also said that he wouldn't mind playing the iconic villain Davy Jones once again. Lee Arenberg, who played the pirate Pintel, is another past cast member who will also appear in all probability.
Stars Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom have not expressed any interest as of yet, although there are rumors about their return. For a while, there were rumors of a female lead taking his place as well.
In 2019, 'Deadpool' writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick exited the project, and Disney hired Craig Mazin and Ted Elliott to write the script instead. Mazin had created HBO’s mini-series 'Chernobyl' while Elliott worked on the first 'Pirates' film. Director Joachim Rønning is also expected to return.
There's no trailer for the film as yet.
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