Depp-Less “Pirates” Saves Disney $90M

Sixth Pirates Film Is Still Moving Forward

Disney is retooling the tired “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise for its next entry, and one reason may well be star Johnny Depp’s salary with Forbes reporting that Depp’s salary for another new entry the series would now reportedly be above $90 million.

The franchise has earned more than $4.5 billion worldwide and, despite the critical drubbing, the most recent entry still made nearly $800 million worldwide on its own. That said, with a cost of over $230 million for ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales,’ it is becoming harder and harder for the series to make a profit – especially with films like “Venom” or “Deadpool 2” costing half that or less and making just as much bank.

So the next film is set to reboot things, with “Deadpool” scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick coming onboard to pen a decidedly less costly entry that won’t have Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow and aims to bring a “new energy and vitality” according to the studio execs.