The Pirates of the Caribbean reboot will likely be without Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow, as the studio is expected to focus the future film on park favorite character Redd.
According to Forbes, Disney could save up to $90 million by dropping Depp, which is his reported salary per Pirates of the Caribbean movie in recent years.
The outlet writes: “The hard-to-imagine is here: nobody’s thinking about bringing on Johnny for the next one, at his reported $90-million per.”
Last month, Disney Chief Sean Bailey addressed the reboot and seemingly confirmed Depp’s departure from the franchise.
We want to bring in a new energy and vitality. 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.
Bailey clearly avoided talking about Depp’s involvement but he also didn’t deny what the outlet questioned.
It is still unclear if the previously reported Joachim Rønning will return to direct. One has to assume they will look in a new direction for a director. Jerry Bruckheimer will once again board the ship as producer.
The 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. 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, but didnt quite make it to $1 billion like previous Pirates films.