When you look at the all-time box office many would be surprised that “Pirates of the Caribbean” holds 4 of the top 80 spots. The “Pirates” franchise came along at the right time. The big-budget CGI blockbuster was king of the box office. Johnny Depp was one of the biggest stars in the world. Keira Knightly, Geoffrey Rush, and Orlando Bloom were a strong cast. While the quality of the franchise dipped off over the past few years, the movies kept making money. However, with Depp’s personal problems continuing to dominate the news Disney might reboot the franchise without Jack Sparrow. Instead, they’ll be looking to start it up with the writers of their newly acquired property “Deadpool.”
According to Deadline, Disney met with Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to discuss the future of the franchise. The two writers have some strong success as big-budget tentpole writers. Obviously “Deadpool” stands out among their filmography, earning the pair a WGA nomination. They also wrote “Zombieland” from 2009, which gave Emma Stone and Jesse Eisenberg a strong breakout hit. If you’re looking to rework a franchise, they seem like two writers that could help add a level of humor and zaniness to a property that needs it.
There remains a possibility that Reese and Wernick could “reboot” the franchise, but keep Depp on board. Considering that the actor will still play one of the lead actors in the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise from Warner Bros, there must be some data that says he has clout. For many, Depp was the franchise. His portrayal of Jack Sparrow became a level of self-parody as the franchise continued, but his first performance earned him an Oscar nomination and SAG win. Hopefully, Disney turns away, but don’t count him out of the franchise yet.