Go aboard Pirates of the Caribbean at a Disney theme park and the haunting words “dead men tell no tales.” Well, what happens when the tale is dead, instead? According to Margot Robbie, a female-led Pirates of the Caribbean movie isn’t made when that happens. In a recent interview for a Vanity Fair, Robbie shared that the film she had been attached to is dead at Disney. The film was originally announced in June 2022 and Oscar nominee Robbie was to be the star of it. It was to be written by Birds of Prey screenwriter Christina Hudson.
“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,” Robbie shared with Vanity Fair about Pirates of the Caribbean movie at Disney. “But I guess they don’t want to do it.”
When initially announced in 2022, there were actually two Pirates movies in development. This female-led film and also another reboot written by Ted Elliott and also Chernobyl creator Craig Main. At the time, Jerry Bruckheimer was attached to both projects. He produced the previous five Pirates movie that starred Johnny Depp.
In an interview with The Sunday Times in May, Bruckheimer talked about the films. He confirmed that Depp wasn’t going to be in either of them. He also confirmed Robbie was going to be in one moving forward.
“Yes. We’re talking to Margot Robbie. We are developing two Pirates scripts — one with her, one without,” Bruckheimer said when asked about the future of the Pirates franchise. “[Will Depp be back?] Not at this point. The future is yet to be decided.”
The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has been incredibly lucrative for The Walt Disney Company. The five films to date have brought in $1.5 billion domestically and $3.07 billion globally. All starred Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. All five made at least $650 at the box office and two surpassed $1 billion.
What do you think about this update on the Pirates of the Caribbean? Where do you think the franchise should go next? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!