Johnny Depp has played the role of Captain Jack Sparrow for five movies, but is it time to step down and let another person take the wheel? In time for the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, movie producer Jerry Buckheimer talked about the future of the franchise if its hero decides to finally say his goodbye.
A Different Captain in Pirates of the Caribbean 6?
The new movie, Dead Men Tell No Tales, teased the end of the line for the popular pirate franchise based on a theme park ride of the same name. And while the fifth installment has topped the global box office this weekend, a sixth movie is yet to be confirmed.
Depp also signed up to other movie franchises outside of Disney. He previously appeared in Warner Bros.’ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. He was also recently confirmed to play the Invisible Man in Universal’s Dark Universe.
According to Buckheimer, the future of the franchise is completely on Depp’s hands. In an interview with Digital Spy (via Express UK), the movie producer stated that he cannot imagine another actor play the role of Captain Jack Sparrow.
“I just don’t see it,” he stated. He was also asked if there will be a Pirates of the Caribbean 6. He did not confirm that the sequel is in the works, but he assured that it is still in the cards. “There’s always another story to tell,” he said.
Buckheimer also boasted that Depp is the key to the continuous success of the franchise. “He’s such a unique character, such an endearing character, and such an irreverent character all in one,” he praised the 53-year-old. “He hasn’t changed at all! That’s what’s so great about him. He’s still the same guy he was in the first one.”
Weekend Box Office Report
There has been quite a lot of talks about the end of the franchise. Dead Men Tell No Tales came out six years after Stranger Tides. It seems like the demand for more Pirates of the Caribbean movies is waning.
However, the new movie proves that the franchise is still one of the major money-making vehicles for Disney. It topped the domestic box office this weekend.
The movie which also stars Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom opened with $62 million at the U.S. box office. Meanwhile, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Baywatch, which also opened last week, grossed around $18.1 million.
In total, the fifth installment has already grossed $270. 6 million at the global box office. It still recorded the second lowest earnings in the franchise, but it already passed its estimated production budget which was at $230 million.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is still running high and mighty after adding another $19.9 million domestically. Alien: Covenant took home another $10.5 million.
Pirates of the Caribbean TV Show?
Buckheimer also came out to clarify that the studio has no plans to develop a Pirates of the Caribbean television series right now. While the television industry is at an all-time high, he pointed out that people are still coming out of their houses to watch their movies.
“You have a kitchen in your house, right? But you still go out to eat,” the movie producer stated. “If something drags you out of the house it’s usually good food.”
He added that there is a pressure to make “really, really good movies” in order to force people to move away from their television screens and go out of their houses. “[T]hat’s exactly what we do,” he stated.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is now screening in theaters worldwide.
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