‘Pirates’ Reboot In Jeopardy As Writers Jump-Ship

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A storm is brewing for the re-launch of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.  Writers Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick, the team behind the popular Deadpool films, have bowed out of the project.

The previous ‘Pirates’ films, built around Johnny Depp‘s swashbuckling Jack Sparrow character have grossed $4.5 billion worldwide since its maiden voyage in 2003.  Producer Sean Bailey cited Depp’s recent public ordeals and increasing salary had prompted them to consider a new course for the brand.

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Enter Reese & Wernick, who were hired in October to re-launch the franchise and breathe new life into the series.  Many fans had high hopes about the new duo at the helm.  However, in recent weeks rumblings of a search for replacement options had been heard.  For now, the project is in dry-dock while Disney insiders search for a team and a place to land them.

The brand has been losing steam over the last decade, with the most recent film, Dead Men Tell No Tales, taking in only $173 million domestically.  We’ll have to wait and see what lies ahead for the future of the franchise.

Source: Deadline

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