Say Goodbye to Jack Sparrow, Disney Allegedly Ditches Johnny Depp

Published on October 30, 2018

Johnny Depp will allegedly no longer appear in any Pirates of the Caribbean films, according to the franchise’s original script writer Stuart Beattie in an interview with Daily Mail TV. Depp, who is the current face of the franchise, has battled personal issues over the last few years. His career was on the line just last year when domestic violence reports against Depp surfaced during his split with wife Amber Heard. Disney is planning a reboot of the series which will reportedly not include Depp’s iconic character, Jack Sparrow.

The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise started with the creation of the famous Disneyland ride back in 1967. It was the last ride put in the park during the life of Walt Disney, who created an apartment above the ride in Disneyland for himself. He never got to live in it because he died three months before the ride opened. The ride inspired the film series, which began in 2003 with Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. The film franchise has seen five total installments thus far, and is currently being picked up for a reboot. Details about the reboot have yet to be announced. There are now versions of the famous Disneyland attraction in five Disney parks around the world.

What’s In Store For Johnny Depp?

Johnny Depp saw a significant rise in fame when he took on the role of Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Since the beginning of the film franchise, Johnny Depp has become a household name around the world. After the Pirates franchise earned a total of around $4 billion USD, Depp took on the role of Gellert Grindelwald in Harry Potter’s Fantastic Beasts franchise, which will have a total of five films. J.K. Rowlings decision to keep Johnny Depp on the project earned much criticism in the last few years. In 2016 it was reported that Depp and his wife, Amber Heard, would be splitting up following her domestic abuse allegations against him.

As for the Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise, though, it sounds like Johnny Depp is done. Disney is planning a reboot of the series with a new cast and new writers, according to original Pirates’ writer Stuart Beattie. “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 said in an interview with Daily Mail. The reboot is rumored to be in the works and is being written by Deadpool’s writing team. Honestly, no one asked for that. Maybe it’s time for the series to retire permanently.


Julia Sachs is a former Managing Editor at Grit Daily. She covers technology, social media and disinformation. She is based in Utah and before the pandemic she liked to travel.

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