Five years after Johnny Depp’s last appearance as Jack Sparrow, the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise appears to be moving on.
Two More “Pirates” According to Jerry Bruckheimer
Two more “Pirates” scripts are in the works, according to producer Jerry Bruckheimer, but neither will feature Johnny Depp’s Sparrow. Johnny Depp was nominated for an Academy Award for “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl,” and his most recent appearance in the Disney-owned franchise was in “Dead Men Tell No Tales” in 2017.
“We’re on the phone with Margot Robbie.” “We’re working on two Pirates scripts, one with her and one without,” Bruckheimer told The Sunday Times in an update on the series. “[Will Johnny Depp return?]” At this time, no. The future is still undecided.”
Robbie’s female-led pirate adventure picture was announced for 2020, with executive producer and main star Robbie collaborating on the script for “Pirates of the Caribbean 6” with Christina Hodson, who wrote “Birds of Prey.”
Meanwhile, Johnny Depp is suing his ex-wife Amber Heard for $50 million for defamation after the “Aquaman” actress wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post alleging domestic abuse.
Johnny Depp’s representative, Jack Whigham, testified on May 2 in the current court action that Johnny Depp was set to collect $22.5 million for the second “Pirates” picture. After Heard’s piece was published, Disney apparently chose to “move in a different way.”
During the trial, Johnny Depp stated that he planned to complete his role as Jack Sparrow in the nearly 20-year-long feature picture series.
“I felt that these characters should be able to say their dignified goodbyes,” Johnny Depp explained. “A series can only live so long, and there’s a way to end one like that, and I believed the characters deserved a way out, to end the franchise on a high note.” I intended to keep going until it was time to call it quits.”
Johnny Depp left Warner Bros.’ “Fantastic Beasts” franchise in 2020, and his part was taken over by Mads Mikkelsen. The star of “Ed Wood” also chastised distributors for reportedly “burying” the biography “Minimata.” Last year, Johnny Depp claimed that he was being “boycotted by Hollywood” ahead of his legal fight against Amber Heard.
Who Is Suing Whom And For What Reason?
Amber Heard is suing Johnny Depp for defamation in an opinion piece she wrote for The Washington Post in 2018. “I came out against sexual violence — and faced our culture’s wrath,” the op-ed began. This must change.” Amber Heard never mentions Johnny Depp by name, but she describes herself as “a public person who represents domestic abuse.”
Heard claimed her ex-husband assaulted her for the first time in 2013, shortly after they started dating, and detailed further incidents in which he slapped her, head-butted her and threw her to the ground. Mr. Depp has accused her of striking, kicking, and throwing objects at him since then.
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