The "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise has been dead to many fans, especially with 2017's "Dead Men Tell No Tales" performing below expectations at the box-office. And so, with its brand fading and Johnny Depp's career going through a, weird turn of events, Disney has decided to reboot the franchise without Depp.
Disney film production chief, Sean Bailey, has confirmed in an interview with THR that Deadpool's Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are working on the reboot:
“We want to bring in a new energy and vitality. I love the [Pirates] movies, but part of the reason Paul and Rhett are so interesting is that we want to give it a kick in the pants. And that’s what I’ve tasked them with.”
I gave up on the 'Pirates' movies after the second film (one look at Google tells me my "Pirates" Post-Mortem was 2006's "Dead Men's Chest"), but all five films in the franchise made money, with the last edition being the poorest performer ($172M domestically, boo-hoo). The first film was perfectly fine for what it was, it garnered Depp a well deserved Oscar-nomination for his performance as Jack Sparrow. But now not having Depp in the franchise does leave Disney with a major problem. Depp was the reason why people were buying tickets. Sparrow was a character that audiences loved and couldn't get enough of, and I just can't see any other actor achieving what he did with that part, especially in "The Curse of the Black Pearl."