The upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean reboot has hired Craig Mazin, the creator of critically acclaimed HBO miniseries Chernobyl to write the script.
It looks like the 'Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is going to move forward without Johnny Depp. As reported by The Independent, the long-running franchise has signed in 'Chernobyl' creator Craig Mazin to write a story from the previously-planned reboot along with long-time writer Ted Elliot.
Following the latest development, it seems like writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are out of the picture. The original screenwriter of the movie was Stuart Beattie had also previously confirmed that the character Jack Sparrow is not going to appear in the movies anymore.
In a conversation with Daily Mail, Beattie said, "I think he’s had a great run. Obviously he’s made that character his own and it’s become the thing that he’s most famous for now. It’s been great for him and it’s been great for us.”
He added, "There’s that saying, ‘Don’t frown because it’s over, smile because it happened.’ The fact that they’re rebooting something that you did means that you did something that was worth rebooting. It’s an honor."
Johnny Depp has become synonymous with Captain Jack Sparrow and he has successfully portrayed the role across 14 years through five movies. The box office ratings for the franchise has also been high and has collected over $4.5 billion and has also earned the tag of 12th highest-grossing movie franchise of all time.
After this turn of events, Disney is now hoping that Jerry Bruckheimer will return to produce the new film. The latest 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movie, 'Dead Man Tell No Tales' was released in 2015 with director Joachim Rønning stating it was “only the beginning of the final adventure."
Most recently, Depp appeared in Fantastic Beasts sequel The Crimes of Grindelwald, and was criticized after his now ex-wife Amber Heard accused him of domestic violence. From the very start, Depp has always denied these accusations and since then has settled the case.
During the controversy, J.K. Rowling and director David Yates have defended Depp, saying, "JK has seen the evidence and therefore knows I was falsely accused, and that’s why she has publicly supported me. She would not stand up if she didn’t know the truth.” The first movie of the Pirates franchise released back in 2003 and Depp co-starred with Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom, and Geoffrey Rush.