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.
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.
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