Johnny Depp made it clear that no money would be enough for him to return to Pirates of the Caribbean. Many of his fans have stated that they are not interested in the high seas without him, but Disney continues to push ahead with two new projects.
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Behind the scenes, a sixth instalment and a Margot Robbie-led spinoff are actively developing. This creates an interesting scenario. Jack Sparrow, the main attraction and selling point of the multibillion-dollar brand, has been a strong draw for Depp. But can Pirates of the Caribbean survive without him?
Gore Verbinski’s original trilogy’s mythology became increasingly complex to the point that it was sometimes impossible to understand. But, it is clear there’s an entire world waiting to be explored. Although there is much more to be gleaned from the legend, Redditors don’t agree on whether Depp-less adventures can be worthwhile.
Star Wars, Jurassic Park and the Marvel Cinematic Universe are just a few examples of big-name properties that have continued to make money after phasing out most of their original cast. However, a common thread is that, at the very least, a few legacy players have stayed on board to continue the torch.
Pirates of the Caribbean provided romance, action, epic naval battles and mysticism. There were also magic and the supernatural throughout its five-film run. However, it is still controversial to suggest that other feature films, offshoots or Disney Plus shows could succeed without Depp as the iconic hero.