Walt Disney studios has tapped Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin to write the script for their Pirates of the Caribbean reboot. Mazin will be joined by Ted Elliot, who wrote the previous Pirates films.
Deadpool and Zombieland 2: Double Tap writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, were originally brought on to write the project in 2018, but the duo dropped out a couple months later. Mazin and Elliot have been tasked by the studio to find a fresh new direction for the franchise.
As of now, it is unclear if Jack Sparrow would return as a character or if Depp would return as actor. Based on everything I have heard my guess would be no.
Last year, Disney film chief Sean Bailey shared his excitement for the film.
We want to bring in a new energy and vitality. I love the [Pirates] movies, we want to give it a kick in the pants.
It is unclear if the previously reported Joachim Rønning will return to direct. One has to assume they would’ve looked in a new direction for a director. Jerry Bruckheimer is once again aboard 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.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter