There’s No Sixth “Pirates” Without Depp

Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” is now open worldwide and sees Johnny Depp’s return to the role of Captain Jack Sparrow after a six year gap.

There’s certainly audience interest in the film even as the critics have summarily trashed the movie and voiced a common complaint that the series has become tired and dull, including Depp’s performance which had previously been the highlight of the franchise.

Depp of course has been the subject of controversy in the years between the last two entries, not to mention his sizable paycheck, leading to questions of whether the series should either continue without him, or reboot itself.

Series producer Jerry Bruckheimer however has made it clear that the franchise will never continue without Johnny Depp. Bruckheimer tells Digital Spy:

“I just don’t see it [working on Pirates without Depp]. The secret to any successful franchise is picking talented people, and Johnny is absolutely key to the success of Pirates. He’s such a unique character, such an endearing character, and such an irreverent character all in one.

He hasn’t changed at all! That’s what’s so great about him. He’s still the same guy he was in the first one. He’s still out to get what’s good for him. Johnny himself hasn’t changed either. We’ve worked together on six movies now and he’s just an amazing individual.”

The producer also brushed aside talk of spin-offs featuring a younger Captain Jack Sparrow and any potential TV series spin-off:

“It’s always about the character, it’s never about the visual effects. Pirates has become a family now. We’ve got talented people in every position, people who have worked on them since the beginning. I think that’s one of the reasons the franchise keeps on working.”

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” is now open in cinemas worldwide and is targeting a global opening weekend of $285 million.