Although the last Pirates movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales was slammed by critics and underperformed in the U.S., there seemed to be little doubt that the Disney franchise would still continue on in some form. The movie made $622 million overseas and the property itself continued to maintain a loyal fanbase. That being said, over the past few years Disney has been unable to decide whether to move forward with a proper sequel or to simply reboot it. Obviously the negative publicity surrounding Johnny Depp has been a factor as well, but while they wait out a decision on the sequel / reboot, they are now also cooking up a female-led movie in the same universe focusing on brand new characters. Hit the jump to find out what we know.
According to THR, Margot Robbie is attached to star in a brand new standalone Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Birds of Prey screenwriter Christina Hodson will pen the script while Jerry Bruckheimer will produce. The project is not being seen as a spin-off but rather “a wholly original story with new characters under the Pirates moniker.”
The other Pirates of the Caribbean reboot is still said to be in development with Ted Elliott and Craig Mazin developing the story. It is unclear if Johnny Depp might be involved but it sounds like if he is, he probably will not be the lead. Either way, it is time for Disney to find out if this ship can stay afloat without Captain Jack Sparrow on board. Do you think the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise still has life left in it?