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Disney Looks To Save $90 Million By Dropping Johnny Depp From ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’

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After five movies, Disney wants to hit the reset button on Pirates of the Caribbean. In order to do this, they’re dropping Johnny Depp from his role of Captain Jack Sparrow. As expected, many fans are a bit stunned at this news. For Disney, this is all about saving cash.

90 Million Reasons

Depp was earning an insane amount of cash for doing Pirates of the Caribbean. His salary for 2017’s Dead Men Tell No Tales was reportedly a massive $90 million.

Even the actor thought his pay was a bit too much for the job. “Basically, if they’re going to pay me the stupid money right now, I’m going to take it. I have to. I mean, it’s not for me. Do you know what I mean? At this point, it’s for my kids. It’s ridiculous, yeah, yeah. But ultimately is it for me? No. No. It’s for the kids,” he said in a Vanity Fair interview. Removing him from future films will obviously save Disney a fortune.

A New Vision

In the fall, it was revealed that Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were working on a script for the reboot. Both men are best known for writing the scripts for ZombielandDeadpool, and Deadpool 2. Walt Disney Studios President of Production Sean Bailey wants to take the franchise in a new direction.

“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,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.

Bringing Fans Back

Over the years, the overall audience for Pirates of the Caribbean has been diminishing. Dead Men Tell No Tales was the lowest grossing film in North America ($172 million) in the franchise. Overall, it was the second lowest grossing film in the franchise worldwide ($794 million).

While there were plans for a sixth film, that was ultimately scrapped for the reboot. With rumors of a female captain, it will be interesting to see how Disney rejuvenates this franchise.

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