Disney is preparing to renew one of its flagship franchises. With his best-known actors out of the plans, a change of scenery is coming for his pirate adventure.
Pirates of the Caribbean has always been a safe bet for Disney, especially when it comes to the early films, with the trio of Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom in all their glory. In total, with its five installments, the franchise has earned more than 4,000 million dollars worldwide and, although the critics do not accompany it in the same way as at the beginning, it has a loyal audience that would not hesitate to see a new sequel. .
For this reason, the studio is not working on a single film in the franchise, but on two: one still unconfirmed and another with Margot Robbie as the protagonist. None of them is a direct sequel to the previous installments, but will start from scratch. On the other hand, the news about this installment is loaded with controversy due to the decision not to have its eternal protagonist. Here we collect everything we know about the future of Pirates of the Caribbean.
Two films: one unconfirmed and another with Margot Robbie as the protagonist
The studio is currently working on two films in the franchise, but neither is going to be a sequel to the Jack Sparrow story. On the one hand we have a film starring Margot Robbie. The little that is known about the feature film is that it will have “a lot of girl power.” The actress and producer has declared that she is very excited to be able to explore this universe by adding a key female element to it. On the other, the film directed by Joachim Rønning what was it going to be pirates of the caribbean 6 and that, supposedly, it is going to become a ‘reboot’, although it still has many details to clarify.
Quite a change of scenery to renew one of the biggest Disney franchises. When the sixth installment of the saga hits theaters, some 20 years will have passed since it began and perhaps it is time to adapt it to new generations.
In December 2018 it was confirmed that Disney was working on a ‘reboot’ of Pirates of the Caribbean, which allowed them to continue in the same adventure universe but change the main plot and characters. With a completely blank canvas, the team decided to do without Johnny Depp, the eternal Jack Sparrow who has been around since the first film released in 2003.
“We want to give history a new energy and vitality”Said Sean Bailey, president of production at Walt Disney Studios, at the time. Since then there has been talk of a female lead. In November 2018, and after a Disney World Paris attraction was modified to remove a sexist scene in which a bride was auctioned off, the image of a pirate named Redd appeared. There are those who believed that it was a clue to what the franchise was planning and they were not misguided.
Who will return in the sequel
Margot Robbie’s film is going to take a completely independent course, so no familiar faces are expected. As for the other project, it does not seem possible that let’s go back to see the most veteran, like Jack Sparrow -five films give to explore all the nooks and crannies of the character-, Will Turner or Elizabeth Swann -nothing has been said about the latter, but it seems like a distant option-. On the other, there are some familiar faces that we could see again, like Kaya Scodelario.
The actress joined the saga in 2017 with Salazar’s Revenge and brought a great revelation: Carina Smyth, the astronomer she plays, is the daughter of Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush). Scodelario has stated that his contract includes two more films and, although he would love to take his father’s place in fiction, he also believes that Carina’s story met its end in the fifth installment.
Davy Jones as a villain once again
As you may remember, the fifth installment allowed the Trident of Poseidon to lift all the curses that weighed on the pirates, including the one that kept Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) held. In the final scenes, Jones reappears, which would mean that he is ready for a new adventure session. Although Sparrow does not appear in the film, this well-known villain may have other motivations for the sixth installment, perhaps something to do with Will Turner’s son, Henry (Brenton Thwaites)?
The sixth installment was going to come just after ‘Salazar’s Revenge’
The studio had planned to start work on the sixth installment while they were developing Salazar’s Revenge. In this way, the installments would be released consecutively and not with such a long period of time between them. Joachim Rønning he was chosen to continue the legacy and, for the moment, that remains for the studio’s second project – the one not by Margot Robbie. For this reason, Kaya Scodelario had to sign a contract for several films, but it is not yet known what will happen to her character. Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio -veterans of the saga-, as well as Craig Mazin (Chernobyl), are in charge of the script.
As for the Margot Robbie film, it has been confirmed that screenwriter Christina Hodson (Bumblebee, Birds of Prey) will be in charge of the script. There has been no talk of more members of the team, but it seems that there will be a lot of female presence.