Things for Disney’s reboot and revamped version of its highly profitable Pirates of the Caribbean franchise are not looking rosy at the moment . Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who were hired to write the script, have exited the project, according to Deadline. The duo is known for writing both the famed Deadpool movies. They also delivered the 2009 hit horror comedy Zombieland to their credit.
This reboot will not have Johnny Depp’s famous Jack Sparrow role who has been virtually synonymous with the series right from the first film in 2013, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
The actor was fired due to allegations of domestic violence aimed against him by ex-wife Amber Heard. The reactions to his exit have been largely negative.
Pirates of the Caribbean series has earned 4.56 billion dollars worldwide after five movies. The last film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, came out in 2017, and despite mixed critical reviews, it managed to churn 794 million dollars. However, the movie had been stuck in development , and there was a huge six year gap between it and the previous movie in the saga, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
In December last year, Disney film production chief Sean Bailey had told The Hollywood reporter about hiring the two scribes, “We want to bring in a new energy and vitality. I love the [Pirates] movies, but part of the reason Paul and Rhett are so interesting is that we want to give it a kick in the pants. And that’s what I’ve tasked them with.”