Walt Disney is now looking to completely revitalise the Pirates of the Carribean franchise, with the recent reports hinting that the plan is to continue the series without lead actor Johnny Depp.
According to Hybrid News, Disney is aiming to replace Depp’s Jack Sparrow with a female character named Redd, who is now the star of the ride itself. Redd is a pirate who took the place of the controversial “auction scene” in Pirates of the Carribean.
The new addition is being written by Deadpool’s Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. Previous screenwriters Stuart Beattie was asked the state of Pirates films and Depp, he revealed that the actor will not be returning.
“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,” Beattie told the Daily Mail. “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.”
Even if Depp leaves, he will forever be the part of the legacy, as he helped it take off with Curse of the Black Pearl.
“I think Jack Sparrow will be his 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,” Beattie said.
Talking about the writers, the Deadpool scribes are the right duo to bring a new life to the Pirates franchise.
“Hopefully they’ll bring a lot of the great comedic subversiveness,” he said. “I was laughing out of my seat in the opening credits of Deadpool so I am a big fan of those guys and I hope they do something really special.”