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December 23, 2018   Movies News 27 Comments

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.

  • Ginny
    Posted on December 23, 2018

    I will miss Captain Jack Sparrow ! All I can say. Love you Johnny!

  • Angela Jo
    Posted on December 23, 2018

    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!

  • Ginny
    Posted on December 23, 2018

    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!

  • Susie Hunt
    Posted on December 23, 2018

    Stupid nobody will see it hope it bombs Depp is POTC

  • Kelly
    Posted on December 23, 2018

    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….

  • Julia
    Posted on December 24, 2018

    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.

  • Ginny
    Posted on December 28, 2018

    Say it’s all a bad dream..that’s what I think this is…a bad dream? Please bring back captain Jack!

  • Silke Hannover
    Posted on December 29, 2018

    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.

  • Pam Prendergast
    Posted on January 02, 2019

    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

  • Martina from Montreux
    Posted on January 02, 2019

    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

  • Nancy
    Posted on January 08, 2019

    This is a terrible move on Disney’s part. Johnny Depp is who made Pirates what it is. To remove him is really ridiculous. Will not be going to see any Pitates without Johnny Depp. He is a great actor and i honestly do not believe there is anyone to take the place of this lovable, hilarious Jack Sparrow except Johnny Depp

  • Boutera
    Posted on January 08, 2019

    Jamais ne ont sera aussi performant que Johnny Depp comme acteur du rôle Jack Sparrow. Ici l’âge n’a pas d’importance dans ce rôle.

  • Annita McGinnes
    Posted on January 08, 2019

    Without Johnny Depp there is NO Pirates of the Caribbean. He IS Captain Jack Sparrow. There can be no other. I predict that Disney will be sorry for this decision.

  • Nicole
    Posted on January 08, 2019

    If Johnny Depp is not in these movies then I’m done watching moving forward.

  • Lali Womack
    Posted on January 08, 2019

    Thus far re-boots haven’t done well at the box office. Pirates of the Caribbean won’t be the same without Johnny Depp/Captain Jack Sparrow . Johnny Depp is Captain Jack Sparrow and there will be NONE other like him. I will truly miss him. But for Johnny Depp his career is always on the move. Keep acting, singing, visiting the hospitals as Captain Jack Sparrow, touring with the Hollywood Vampires. You are truly ONE OF A KIND! I love you Johnny Depp. Keep moving forward.

  • Joeli
    Posted on January 08, 2019

    Oh well….guess I won’t be watching any of the new POTC movies. What’s the point? Captain Jack IS the PirTe of the Caribbean, and Johnny Drop IS Captain Jacob sparrow. 😢

  • Rachel Parker
    Posted on January 10, 2019

    If it aint broke, dont fix it. Without Johnny Depp you will fail miserably on any attempt to make a Pirates movie. The box office drop will be monunental. Johnny Depp made the movies reach everyone, without him you will attract no-one. You must be brain dead.

  • Barb
    Posted on January 10, 2019

    Pirates will never be the same without Johnny as Captain Jack. I will miss him.

  • Joanne Beaver
    Posted on January 10, 2019

    Johnny Depp was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow In Pirates Of the Caribbean The Curse of the Black Pearl. Perhaps this is something that Disney has forgotten, however if it had not been for Johnny Depp then there would not be a Captain Jack Sparrow. As far as I’m concerned as a fan of the series and books whatsoever .. There is only ONE Captain Jack Sparrow .. And there is only One Johnny Depp . Unless Like Johnny himself, Captain Jack Sparrow had a son to carry on the NAME .. THEN and ONLY THEN can the adventure continue …

  • James Morehead
    Posted on January 12, 2019

    Bad move on Disney’s part. I will not be watching as I’m sure many, many other people will be doing the same. It will bomb no doubt. Just like they have done to the Star Wars franchise. Once Disney has a hold they ruin. Just look at what gurgitates out of the Disney mousketeers club. Every child ruined for life.

  • Gina Martinez
    Posted on January 15, 2019

    Without Johnny Depp, there is no Pirates of the Caribbean! He is and always will be the only Jack Sparrow!!! I truly enjoyed all of the movies and could watch them over and over again. I love you Johnny 🙂

  • Keshia Rickard
    Posted on January 17, 2019

    Johnny Depp is an icon to so many and has been for many years he makes his characters come alive in ways that are unexplainable. without him pirates of the Caribbean wont be worth watch. Disney has made a awful choice. I havent missed one in 🎥 but now I will be. Johnny you amazing and an inspiration through all the work you do

  • Terry
    Posted on January 30, 2019

    Johnny you will always be Captain Jack Sparrow because you made the movie it wasn’t for you it wouldn’t have been a movie we love you will always be behind you so you say hang in there and keep your chin up keep smiling and being your beautiful self Carolina girl sending love

  • Victoria Karmelowicz
    Posted on February 07, 2019

    Seriously??? Can Disney make a more stupid move???
    Capt. Jack Sparrow makes Pirates of the Caribbean ….
    To not have Johnny Depp in the next one or any other is ridiculous and absurd….it just goes to show how loyal billion dollar companies are when someone makes headlines….headlines that are false and absurd…he has always been an amazing artist, whether he’s acting, or performing he’s amazingggg and shame on Disney and if my daughter wasn’t obsessed with their cartoons is say effff them
    Unfortunately, my daughter love for the shows makes me have to purchase their products damn them and their cute puppies…

  • Barbara
    Posted on February 08, 2019

    There’s a good reason for all that’s worth moving on . If we could all move on from things that aren’t helping us we would. In hopes that this doesn’t get published at all for I’m not famous but have been followed unkindly around. I’m not a fan of gossip or unfair treatment of any kind. It is wonderful to have great friendships and wonderful work that cannot be erased with unfortunate mistakes. Of all I say and understand that having a battalion against you with just oneself to fight is quite daunting. It’s just me, peace be with you, wherever you are.

  • Julie Cook
    Posted on February 10, 2019

    Is Disney for real? No one else can play Captain Jack, Johnny made and owns this character, not Disney! Johnny should copyright his character so they can’t use a ring-in to rip-off what is undeniably his creation. I hope people refuse to go and see the movie; I certainly won’t be seeing it. So this is how Disney repays Johnny for bringing them billions of dollars over the last 14 year? Disney you suck!

  • Rudo
    Posted on February 25, 2019

    I want jd to continue on the movie bcz he is the reason i watch pirates of the caribean.pliz give him another chance we want to lough again.we want to lough again.#BringbckcaptainSparrow.

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