Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is one of the most financially successful of all time. The five films have grossed over $4.5 billion at the worldwide box office. Now it looks like the house of mouse will be moving forward with a sixth film.
According to Omega Underground via Geeks Worldwide, director Joachim Rønning is expected to return to direct the film, without directing partner Espen Sandberg. A script is seemingly being worked on by writers Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, and Jeff Nathanson. Kaya Scodelario is contracted to another film but it is not known if she or other past actor will indeed return.
The last pirates film Dead Men Tell No Tales ended up making $794.1M worldwide for the studio, dominating the Memorial Day weekend in 2017.
All eyes will be on if Disney and whether or not they decide to bring Johnny Depp back as Jack Sparrow. Depp has come under a lot of scrutiny for his recent behind the scene antics. Disney made the choice to fire Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 director James Gunn for past tweets. So will Disney look at Depp and do the same? We will have to wait and see.
Rønning is currently busy working on Maleficent II, so production on Pirates 6 wouldn’t start until at least summer of 2020. Stay tuned for updates as they come.