Pirates of the Caribbean 6 might be more cursed than the Black Pearl.The Disney film franchises sixth installment has been stalled for years due to various internal shakeups including leading man Johnny Depps legal and personal troubles pertaining to ex wife Amber Heards allegations of domestic abuse.Whats known about a follow up to 2017s Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales? In 2019 it was reported that veteran Pirates writer Ted Elliott and Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin were developing a new entry in the franchise with Jerry Bruckheimer expected to return as producer. Whats unknown? A title the storyline and cast details. Depp testified that Disney cut ties with him in 2018 following Heards allegations of abuse which he has denied. Its unclear if he will be replaced. Additionally no details have been shared about the return of cast members like Orlando Bloom Keira Knightley Kaya Scodelario and Geoffrey Rush.
In June 2020 Birds of Prey writer Christina Hodson was tapped to helm a new female fronted Pirates of the Caribbean movie for Disney with Margot Robbie attached to star. The film would not be a spin off to Depps franchise but an original story with new characters. Not much else has been shared since then but in Depps defamation trial against Heard which kicked off in Fairfax County Va. on April 11 the actor shared some insights about the franchise and a potential sixth installment.Depp is suing Heard for $50 million over her 2018 Washington Post op ed chronicling her experiences as a domestic violence survivor. Though Heard never mentioned Depp by name in the piece his lawyers maintained the references to him and her public abuse allegations were clear claiming that the op ed damaged his career and reputation.Heres everything Depp has said about Pirates while on the stand.
Walking the plank
Depp testified that Disney dropped him from Pirates 6 days after Heards op ed was published in Dec. 2018. Now the film is still in dangle mode he said. Later under cross examination Heards lawyer Ben Rottenborn cited an October 2018 article from the Daily Mail that reported Depp was out as Jack Sparrow. Depp responded to the timeline inconsistency by citing Heards previous allegations. I wasnt aware of that but it doesnt surprise me he said. Two years had gone by of constant worldwide talk about me being this wife beater. So Im sure that Disney was trying to cut ties to be safe. The #MeToo movement was in full swing at that point.
Captain Jack lives on
While Depp said Disney has cut with him he noted that the company still features his character Jack Sparrow at theme parks and in toy stores around the world. They didnt remove my character from the rides he said said. They didnt stop selling dolls of Captain Jack Sparrow. They didnt stop selling anything. They just didnt want there to be something trailing behind me that theyd find.
But hes never coming back
Depp revisited past testimony stating that he would not return to Pirates 6 if it were offered to him. The fact is Mr. Depp if Disney came to you with $300 million and a million alpacas nothing on this earth would get you to go back and work with Disney on a Pirates of the Caribbean film? Correct? Rottenborn asked. Depp responded That is true Mr. Rottenborn. Depp added that he made those comments after there was a deep and distinct sense of feeling betrayed by the people that Ive worked hard for. People that I delivered a character to that they initially despised but I stuck to my guns with the character and it seemed to work.
Depp still hasnt seen Black Pearl
Depp revealed that he hasnt seen the first Pirates film 2003s Pirates of the Caribbean The Curse of the Black Pearl but said of the script I thought that it had all the hallmarks of a Disney film that is to say a kind of a predictable three act structure. The character of Captain Jack was more like a swashbuckler type that would swing in shirtless and be the hero. I had quite different ideas about the character so I incorporated my notes into the character and brought that character to life. Much to the chagrin of Disney initially.He continued I didnt see it. But I believe that the film did pretty well apparently and they wanted to keep going making more and I was fine to do that. Its not like you become that person but if you know that character to the degree that I did because he was not what the writers wrote so they really werent able to write for him… Once you know the character better than the writers thats when you have to be true to the character and add your words.
Writing Pirates 6
During direct examination Depp said he had been approached to take part in writing in Pirates 6 prior to Heards op ed. Jack Sparrow Depp testified was a character that I had built from the ground up and was something that I put a lot of myself [into]. He also said Having added much of myself much of my own rewriting the dialogue the scenes the jokes I didnt quite understand how after that long relationship and quite a successful relationship with Disney that… suddenly I was guilty until proven innocent.
A pirates legacy
On his abrupt exit from the sixth film and franchise Depp lamented My feeling was that these characters should be able to have their proper goodbye. A franchise could only last for so long and theres a way to end a franchise like that. And I thought that the characters deserved to have their way out of… to end the franchise on a very good note. And I planned on continuing until it was time to stop.Depp previously testified that his career was done from the second the allegations were made against me adding Once that happened I lost then. No matter the outcome of this trial Ill carry that for the rest of my days.