Pirates of the Caribbean isn’t done just quite yet. Disney has brought Pirates of the Caribbean writer Ted Elliott and Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin in to create a new story for the Pirates franchise. It is hoped that with these two, new winds can be blown into the sails of the franchise, one of the most successful in Disney history.
While the Pirates franchise has been incredibly successful, it has also seen its share of heavy seas. Five movies in and its main actor, Johnny Depp, has had some issues on and offscreen that has seen his popularity suffer. However, Disney has not given up on it. In 2018, Disney hired Deadpool scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to bring some steam back to the franchise. However, they ended up leaving in early 2019.
Don’t expect a new Pirates of the Caribbean movie soon though. This is just the beginning of the process and doesn’t even insure that there will be a new movie. There are lots of questions to be answered as they tackle this sixth installment in the franchise. One of the biggest questions that will be answered is if Captain Jack Sparrow will be in the film. Right along with that, will Johnny Depp be a part of it? Another question that has been floated around Disney circles is if Redd, a character seen in New Orleans Square and in the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, will be a part of the film. There are other characters from the franchise that could be utilized as well, like Will Sparrow or Elizabeth Swan. Or, will the Pirates franchise sail off in a completely new direction?
One bit of hope for this go ’round of writing is that Ted Elliott is quite familiar with the franchise. He wrote the original script for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. He then went on to write Dead Man’s Chest, At World’s End, On Stranger Tides with his writing partner Terry Rossio. Craig Mazin is well known in the comedy world. He has written Scary Movie and The Hangover movies. He got acclaim for the HBO miniseries Chernbyle for his more dramatic resume.
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