Jerry Bruckheimer Has Spoken to Johnny Depp About 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Reboot
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Although Depp's career has been overshadowed by his recent legal drama with Amber Heard, the producer says he's keen on bringing the actor back to the franchise if it's up to him.

AceShowbiz - Ahoy mateys! Could Captain Jack Sparrow be charting a return course to the big screen? With whispers of a franchise reboot and more treasure on the horizon, here's the latest on the iconic Pirates of the Caribbean series.

It's been seven years since Johnny Depp last dawned the persona of Jack Sparrow in 2017's "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales". Despite the mixed success of the fourth and fifth films, franchise producer Jerry Bruckheimer has remained optimistic about the future. Discussions about a sixth film have been rife, with early indications suggesting a reboot led by "Barbie" star Margot Robbie.

After a turbulent period marked by his highly publicized divorce from Amber Heard and the ensuing legal battles, Depp has kept a relatively low profile in Hollywood. Remarkably, despite the setbacks, his potential return is not entirely off the table. Bruckheimer, in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, emphasized, "I've certainly spoken to him, but we'll see what happens." This sentiment was echoed in his comments to about the franchise's direction, "But we're gonna reboot 'Pirates', so that is easier to put together because you don't have to wait for certain actors."

While Depp might not lead the reboot, his presence in some capacity could still galvanize fans. Known for his enchanting portrayal of Jack Sparrow since 2003's "Curse of the Black Pearl", Depp made the character indispensable. He added a whimsical touch to every scene, transforming the franchise into a multi-billion dollar juggernaut. But, as Bruckheimer noted, Depp's involvement would likely be contingent on the "right project."

Moreover, Disney's inclination to distance itself from controversy and Depp's advancing age might also contribute to recalibrating his role. At 60, Depp's interests have skewed more towards directing, demonstrated by his project "Modi", starring Al Pacino. With the industry eyeing fresh horizons and storytelling potential, Depp's swashbuckling days might be relegated to cameos or guiding the new wave from behind the scenes.

The franchise is set to undergo a significant transformation, with new directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg at the helm. As the curtain rises on an untold chapter of "Pirates" lore, fans eagerly await to see where the next adventure will take them. The horizon seems limitless, and as Captain Jack would say, "One can only hope."

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