“Pirates of the Caribbean” Reboot in the Works
In 2003, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise was born, captivating audiences worldwide. Even today, it remains one of the most beloved and enduring movie series. Fans continue to anticipate new installments and get excited whenever news about an upcoming film emerges. And it appears that there is indeed another Pirates of the Caribbean movie in the works.
The fantasy adventure films in the Pirates of the Caribbean series have been incredibly successful at the box office. For instance, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, released in 2006, stands out as one of the highest-grossing summer films ever. It raked in an impressive $582.3 million in revenue.
Craig Mazin, known for his work as the showrunner of highly acclaimed series like 'The Last of Us' and 'Chernobyl,' recently revealed that a new 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movie is in development. This accomplished writer and producer shared that Disney greenlit the project prior to the Sag-Aftra strikes taking place.
"We pitched it and thought there's no way they're buying it, it's too weird. And they did!" said Mazin. "Then, Ted Elliot wrote a fantastic script and the strike happened and everyone's waiting around," he added.
The development of the upcoming 'Pirates of the Caribbean' production has indeed been impacted by the ongoing strikes in the entertainment industry. Writing and development work had commenced on the film before having to be halted due to these strikes. The Writers Guild of America (WGA) went on strike on May 2, 2023, followed by the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) strike on July 14, 2023. As of September 6, 2023, there have been no resolutions or agreements reached between these groups and the major studios, leading to a continued halt in production activities.
While specific details about the upcoming 'Pirates of the Caribbean' film are currently scarce, it's worth noting that Disney has expressed a longstanding interest in expanding the franchise with a new installment.
As of now, an official cast list for the upcoming 'Pirates of the Caribbean' film has not been released. Since it's unclear whether this will be a complete reboot or not, it's challenging to predict who might return. Actress Kaya Scodelario, who portrayed Carina Smyth in the fifth movie, expressed her contractual obligation for a sixth production, indicating a good chance of her return.
After Johnny Depp's departure from the project, there were concerns among fans about the fate of the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' film. However, recent reports indicate that Disney is contemplating a full reboot of the franchise and is considering Margot Robbie, famous for her role in 'Barbie,' for the lead role. This suggests that the studio is committed to revitalizing the series with a fresh direction and cast.
Orlando Bloom, who played Will Turner, expressed interest in returning in February 2023. However, it's uncertain whether Keira Knightley, who portrayed Elizabeth Swann, will reprise her role, as she has shown hesitation in the past. Nevertheless, casting decisions may evolve as the project develops.