'Pirates of the Caribbean' reboot jeopardized following 'Deadpool' writers' exit
It appears that the Pirates of the Caribbean reboot has sailed into stormy waters following the exit of Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the hotshot writers behind the Deadpool movie. As we had reported, a reboot was in the works without Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow. However, now the entire plan for the reboot is in jeopardy as per reports from Deadline. Here's why.
Studio is split about future of franchise, following exit
Reese and Wernick's exit has left the franchise in a state of limbo and the studio is torn about the course it wants to take. For now, it has to make the decision of moving forward with the franchise after hiring new writers or taking the call of ending the franchise with 2017's Dead Men Tell No Tales, as the last film.
Disney's film production chief had hoped to revitalize the franchise
Before running into trouble, Disney's film production chief, Sean Bailey wanted to push for a relaunch of the Pirates franchise. His hopes were that the writer duo would 'make Pirates punk rock again'. Bailey had notably said on previous occasions that what the 20-year-old franchise, inspired by the Disneyland ride, needed in the way of revitalization was a 'kick in the pants'.
Possible female lead was rumored to add vitality to franchise
The franchise, which was in need of 'new energy and vitality', following their decision to drop Depp and his character of Jack Sparrow, was rumored to get a female lead. Redd, a female buccaneer was supposed to be the protagonist after she was added in May 2018 to the Disneyland ride of the same name, which went on to inspire the globally popular franchise.
Franchise could move forth as a television series
Deadline has opined that the franchise could move forward as a series on the upcoming Disney+ streaming platform. However, if the 'budgetary and logistical' challenges become too much to bear, there is a good chance the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise might be canceled.