In the midst of Johnny Depp’s dual defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard, it appears that Disney still plans to go ahead with a sixth Pirates of the Caribbean movie without its flagship character. And the fans are not happy.
We at Disney Fanatic shared the news that franchise producer Jerry Bruckheimer all but confirmed that the long-theorized sixth Pirates movie was still in the works but said Depp was not involved at this point in time. The producer also appeared to suggest that the rumors of the sixth film being a spinoff starring Margot Robbie might be more grounded in reality than fans might have previously suspected.
But as the growing consensus of onlookers decides the allegations that got Depp fired from Disney were false, #JusticeforJohnnyDepp and other similar hashtags trend on the Twittersphere, and petitions are signed, it appears that outspoken fans are not too keen on the franchise’s figurehead, Captain Jack Sparrow, being left out.
On Twitter, one fan reacted to the news, saying, “no johnny depp, no watching.”
no johnny depp, no watching. pic.twitter.com/ShbBT0Vf4M
— aMucc (@amurkymuc) May 15, 2022
Another said, “Who cares, it won’t be Pirates of the Caribbean without Johnny Depp, it will sink. #NoJohnnyNoPirates.”
— Mione48 (@Mione48) May 15, 2022
And another confirmed the sentiment by saying, in part, “It is like making a spiderman movie without a spiderman in it.”
It is never going to work. It is like making a spiderman movie without a spiderman in it.
— 🦅 (@se_birsen) May 15, 2022
Amber Heard published her allegations against Johnny Depp in an OpEd published by the Washington Post while the latest film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, was in production and arguably past the point of no return. With two movies after On Stranger Tides originally planned, it appeared at the time that Disney decided to scrap the film, dropping Depp on the allegations alone.
But rumors continued to circulate around the sixth film, with Margot Robbie and even Zach Efron rumored to jump into the leading role with a spinoff sort of plot.
While fans demand Depp be reinstated to the now-iconic Disney character he created over the span of 15 years, the actor has admitted under oath that Disney’s sudden decision to cut him loose cut so deep he would not return to the role for $300 million.
Depp said of the situation that he was “blindly hurt.”
“It was like somebody hit me in the back of the head with a 2×4,” he said. “Captain Jack Sparrow was a character I built from the ground up and was something that I, of course, put a lot of [myself] into the character and also having worked on these films with these people and added much of myself, much of my own re-writing of the dialogue and scenes and jokes. I didn’t quite understand how, after that long relationship and quite a successful relationship certainly for Disney, that suddenly I was guilty until proven innocent.”
We at Disney Fanatic will continue to monitor this story and other Disney movie-related news, and we will update our readers as more information comes to light.