Johnny Officially Dropped from Pirates of the Caribbean Series

Unfortunately, the rumors have been confirmed: Johnny Depp will not return as Captain Jack Sparrow in the coming Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

Johnny’s tenure as Captain Jack Sparrow has officially come to an end, following a Disney executive’s confirmation that the actor will no longer be a part of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

The studio’s production chief, Sean Bailey, was speaking about the previously announced reboot – set to be written by Deadpool‘s Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese – when he was asked whether the series could survive without Johnny.

Rather than deny the reports, Bailey told The Hollywood Reporter:

“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.”

Unverified news that Johnny would not be in the reboot surfaced in October during a red carpet interview in which the original film’s screenwriter, Stuart Beattie, called Johnny’s time on the franchise “a great run”.

Johnny has played the role of Sparrow in five films across 14 years, which have accumulated box office takings of over $4.5 billion, making it the twelfth biggest franchise of all time.

27 Comments on “Johnny Officially Dropped from Pirates of the Caribbean Series”

  1. What dumb move for Walt Disney, Johnny Depp will always be Captn Jack Sparrow!
    He is and will always be the one and only Captn Jack Sparrow, he makes The Pirates of the Carribean movies!

  2. John
    Thank you for creating Captain Jack Sparrow I have had such fun riding the wave of his adventures watching how he got out millions of situations that would other wise leave Jack in a corner….thank you! Love you lots Johnny!

  3. No jd as captain jack 😥😥😭😭😡😡 wont be the same he makes it with class no more then for me sadly but wont watch with no jd the handsome and funny jack….

  4. I will not let this pass without my voice being heard. I have left messages for Disney Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer.
    I am going to contact Sean Bailey, the chief production chief at Disney studios. I will email and write regular mail.
    I am considering an ad in the Hollywood paper. Depending on the size and the amount.
    I am not giving up on Johnny.

  5. Bailey got something wrong: Johnny has brought “new energy and vitality” to a dead genre and has given ” a kick in the pants” of a narrow minded studio. Now Disney has decided to ignore the people who are supposed to buy the tickets and most probably this will kill their franchise.
    As far as I am concerned, I will take my money far away from Disney – and give it to Warner Bros for “Fantastic Beasts”. And I hope that the very creative Johnny Depp will find some new ways to bring the beloved Captain back to his friends all over the world, starting with those brave children in the hospitals.

  6. Always appreciated that Johnny Depp had the class not to insult my
    intelligence with desultory movies. Read the Rolling Stone interview
    and all I can say is Johnny has my utmost compassion. I know he was
    friends with Hunter Thompson but I learned that we can admire a talented writer like Harry Crews for example but we don’t have to follow
    a lifestyle that’s detrimental to our family, friends and ourselves.
    All I can say is that be present in love Johnny and you”ll survive
    and be there for your kids. Best, Pam

  7. Big Mistake from Disney a LOT of People won’t go to see the next movie of the Pirates of the Caribbean if Johnny is not playing Captain Jack Sparrow … Happy New Year from Switzerland

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