Disney is moving ahead with Pirates Of The Caribbean 6, although it may be a very long time until we see it. Last summer’s Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales didn’t do quite as well as the other films in the show, but it still made a boatload of money (literally) and Disney are eager to do it.
Series writers Ted Elliot, Terry Rossio and Jeff Nathanson are working on the script, and Dead Man Tell No Tales’ director, Joachim Rønning, is expected to return behind the camera. But with Rønning now shooting Maleficent 2, and all rumored generation for Pirates 6 still very much at the early phases, it sounds like we wouldn’t find the movie until at least 2020.
To be honest, if we did see a sequel in 2020, that will mean a much shorter break than the one we watched involving Dead Man Tell No Tales and 2011’s On Stranger Tides, so the series goodwill would not feel too drawn out.
But then there are the Johnny Depp question. With controversy surrounding everything he does at the moment – and Disney becoming increasingly more careful about sullying their family-friendly new – it is not certain that Depp would reunite in the role of Captain Jack Sparrow.
This last year, producer Jerry Bruckheimer was quite apparent that without Depp, there are no Pirates Of The Caribbean.
“I simply don’t see it,” he explained. “The key to any successful franchise is picking gifted men and women, and Johnny is crucial to the achievement of Pirates. He’s such a unique character, such an endearing character, and this irreverent character all in one”
Is Disney hoping that Depp’s poor media will probably blow over by the time 2020 comes around? Or are they prepping a Pirates film without Jack Sparrow?