7 Years Later, It's High Time to Let Pirates of the Caribbean Sink in Peace

7 Years Later, It's High Time to Let Pirates of the Caribbean Sink in Peace
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With no Sparrow to fly ahead of the ship, it’s going down like the Flying Dutchman.


  • Johnny Depp was exiled by Disney amid his controversial trial and wasn’t welcomed back even after he won it.
  • Producer Jerry Bruckheimer recently confirmed that the Pirates of the Caribbean reboot won’t “wait for certain actors.”
  • Without Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow, the franchise won’t last, judging by the last few movies’ quality.
  • It’s high time for Pirates of the Caribbean to go anyway as beyond the original trilogy, the franchise only kept getting worse.

Pirates of the Caribbean won all too much from inviting Johnny Depp: from an experimental mystical pirate story no one fully believed in, it became one of the biggest and most lucrative IPs in the world, spawning five sequels and countless by-product projects along the way. All thanks to its star actor’s eccentric Captain Jack Sparrow who quickly turned from a sidekick into a protagonist.

But now, two decades later, it’s time to let Pirates of the Caribbean do its things — namely, let go of Jack Sparrow and peacefully sink down to the bottom of the sea.

Depp-less Be the New Pirates of the Caribbean

The Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard case locked many Hollywood doors for the Jack Sparrow actor, but even after he won in the court, most of them remained inaccessible to him. Many speculated that Disney would try to get Depp back on board after firing him, but apparently, that won’t be the case.

“We're gonna reboot Pirates, so that is easier to put together because you don't have to wait for certain actors,” Jerry Bruckheimer, the movies’ producer, recently told ComicBook.

It doesn’t take much computing power to get the message: Johnny Depp will not be part of the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean reboot. With Disney intending to leave Captain Jack Sparrow behind on the rum island, the company seals its IP’s fate.

It’s High Time to Let Pirates of the Caribbean Go

Without Johnny Depp, Pirates of the Caribbean is seemingly doomed: beyond the original trilogy, the last few movies were terrible. The only reason the audience still watched them was to spend some quality time with their favorite Captain, and now that he’s gone, the franchise is likely going to plummet like nobody’s business.

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It’s high time for it to go, too — so it’s not necessarily a bad thing.

The last Pirates of the Caribbean movies had bizarre storylines and completely lost their origins already. Johnny Depp’s presence somewhat kept them afloat, but in vain: some franchises just aren’t meant to be going forever.

Pirates realistically should have already ended with the third movie — so on our end of this cinematic experience, we’re willing to say farewell and let this once great IP sink peacefully.

And as it goes down, down, down to the bottom of the sea, we’re going to be listening to Davy Jones’ theme music as we rewatch the original trilogy.

Source: ComicBook