With Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides crossing the $1 billion mark over the weekend the likelihood of Disney moving forward with Pirates of the Caribbean 5 was more certain than ever, however the studio doesn’t have a franchise if there’s no Captain Jack Sparrow.
Luckily for them, Johnny Depp is apparently close to a deal to return for the fifth time.
From The Wrap:
Johnny Depp is close to signing a deal to star in a fifth “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie, an individual close to the negotiations told TheWrap.
In May, producer Jerry Bruckheimer said he was working on a fifth “Pirates” script — and that he wouldn’t make the movie without Depp.
“Hopefully, if this one does well, (Depp) will want to come back and play the character again,” Bruckheimer told the L.A. Times. “But it’s going to depend on the screenplay. It always does. He’s maniacal about not wanting to disappoint his audience.”
Apparently, Depp likes what he sees. He’s negotiating for the movie.
Earlier this year Depp said whether he returns for another film “boils down to story, script and filmmaker” and said ““we should hold off for a bit. They should be special, just like they are special to me.”
This suggests that even if Depp signs for 5, which is likely, he won’t want to start shooting any time soon. Terry Rossio, who has co-written all of the Pirates films with his writing partner Ted Elliott, was hired to write the script back in January, so Pirates of the Caribbean 5 will be ready to go whenever Depp is.