Last year, we learned that The Walt Disney Studios was planning a Pirates of the Caribbean reboot that would not feature Johnny Depp‘s Captain Jack Sparrow. According to Deadline, the project has hit a snag as Deadpool franchise writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have exited.
The duo are no longer working on the sixth film in the franchise. The site adds that Disney is divided about what to do next. Some say a search for a replacement writer or writers is an option and others say that it’s time to let franchise rest for a while.
“We want to bring in a new energy and vitality,” president of production Sean Bailey said about the project in December. “I love the [Pirates] movies, but part of the reason Paul and Rhett are so interesting is that we want to give it a kick in the pants. And that’s what I’ve tasked them with.”
The five-film Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has grossed over $4.5 billion worldwide. The last installment, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, grossed $794.9 million at the worldwide box office in 2017, with $172.6 million coming from North America and $622.3 million from international markets.
The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is an interesting one, as you have the original three films which can be considered a trilogy. Then, On Stranger Tides (2011) was a soft reboot with new characters joining Sparrow, Geoffrey Rush’s Barbossa and Kevin McNally’s Gibbs, while Dead Men Tell No Tales was another kind of reboot with even more new characters.