Margot Robbie announced in a new Vanity Fair cover story that her upcoming female-fronted Pirates of the Caribbean movie is officially dead with Disney deciding not to move forward with the project.
It was announced in June 2020 that Oscar nominee Robbie would be the star of a new movie at Disney written by her Birds of Prey screenwriter Christina Hodson.Robbie told Vanity Fair about her intended movie with Disney:
“We had an idea and we were developing it for a while, ages ago, to have more of a female-led—not totally female-led, but just a different kind of story—which we thought would’ve been really cool. But I guess they don’t want to do it.”
This project is separate from the previous announced franchise reboot being developed by Ted Elliott and Craig Mazin.
In an interview with The Sunday Times in May Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced all five Pirates movies said that the film remained in development. The mega-producer also confirmed that the future of the Pirates franchise does not currently have Johnny Depp involved despite rumours touting his return.
“Yes. We’re talking to Margot Robbie. We are developing two Pirates scripts — one with her, one without.
[Will Depp be back?] Not at this point. The future is yet to be decided.”
The previous Pirates movies, all starring Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, grossed $1.5 billion domestically and $3.07 billion internationally, with the North American market representing a progressively smaller share. The domestic total for 2017’s Dead Men Tell No Tales hit $172 million, while foreign markets delivered $622 million.
All five Pirates films have grossed more than $650 million worldwide, with Dead Man’s Chest and On Stranger Tides both topping the $1 billion mark.
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