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03 Jan 2019

Here's how much Disney saves by dropping Johnny Depp

Pirates of the Caribbean is one of the most beloved franchises by Disney and fans are accustomed to seeing their favorite pirate Jack Sparrow, whose eccentricities are brilliantly brought to life by Johnny Depp.

Thus, fans were taken aback when Disney announced they would reboot the franchise and drop Depp, as we reported.

However, their decision is creatively and financially motivated.

Here's why.

In context

Eliminating Johnny Depp from 'Pirates', Disney saves millions

Money saved

Disney saves around Rs. 620cr by not casting Depp

According to a report by Forbes, Disney stands to save $90 million, which is around Rs. 620 crore by not including Depp in the cast.

Apparently, this is Depp's asking price to play Sparrow after the 5 Pirates of the Caribbean movie, which spanned over a period of 15 years.

This might be partially why Disney was motivated to drop Depp.


Last franchise film failing proved Depp not worth the price-tag

The last installment, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales didn't fare well at the domestic box-office, despite finding commercial success in international box-offices.

However, it convinced Disney that Depp was no longer worth the price tag he commanded.

Notably, a lot of Depp films from the 2010s have flopped like Mortdecai, The Tourist, perhaps proving a larger problem in Depp's life.

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Rocky life

Depp faces personal problems after messy divorce with Amber Heard

Not only is Depp's professional life in trouble, but his personal life appears to be in shambles too, following the accusations of domestic abuse leading up to a messy divorce with Amber Heard.

Depp's finances are in a pretty bad state too as a result of multiple legal disputes with old managers and due to being caught up in bad real estate deals.


Post #MeToo, #TimesUp, filmmakers realize it's risky to cast Depp

Post #MeToo and #TimesUp the Hollywood culture has changed and opposes power and masculinity in the industry.

Thus, following Depp's abuse of Heard, casting him raises controversy about the project, as Fantastic Beasts franchise is discovering.

Further, Depp's films have shown that his presence does not guarantee a movie's success.

Combined with the $90 million price tag, nobody wants the headache of hiring Depp.

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Who is the protagonist of the upcoming 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movie?

Who is scripting the new movie?

Did Johnny Depp direct any of the 'Pirates of the Caribbean'?

Will Johnny Depp have a cameo in the upcoming movie?

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Who is the protagonist of the upcoming 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movie?

Asked on 03-01-2019 by Sai Jhadav

Answered by NewsBytes

Although not fixed yet, the new protagonist could be a woman, possibly named Redd. She would be inspired by the character in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland.

Who is scripting the new movie?

Asked on 03-01-2019 by Trisha Rangan

Answered by NewsBytes

Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, known for working on Deadpool, are scripting the new movie.

Did Johnny Depp direct any of the 'Pirates of the Caribbean'?

Asked on 03-01-2019 by Aarav Malhotra

Answered by NewsBytes

No Depp only acted in the films and was involved in providing creative inputs to the script.

Will Johnny Depp have a cameo in the upcoming movie?

Asked on 03-01-2019 by Abhinav Dasgupta

Answered by NewsBytes

No, seeing his price tag and the fact that Disney dropped him from the franchise, it is unlikely Depp will appear in a cameo in the movie.

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