Johnny Depp dropped from 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise, Disney producer confirms
23rd December 2018

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Johnny Depp has been officially dropped from the "Pirates of The Caribbean" film series, it has been confirmed.

A Disney producer said Depp, 55, will stop playing Captain Jack Sparrow after 14 years at the helm so the movies can have a reboot.

"We want to bring in a new energy and vitality," Disney's production chief Sean Bailey told The Hollywood Reporter.

"I love the [Pirates] movies, but part of the reason Paul and Rhett are so interesting is that we want to give it a kick in the pants. And that's what I've tasked them with."

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Disney has met with Deadpool's writing duo Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to pen the script for a reboot following their success with the superhero franchise.

Johnny's last "Pirates of the Caribbean" was "Dead Men Tell No Tales" in 2017, which was the lowest performing of the five films.

Depp played the lead role in five films over 14 years and the series grossed more than $4.5 billion making it the 12th biggest franchise in movie history.

Back in October scriptwriter Stuart Beattie appeared to confirm the news of Johnny's exit on "DailyMail TV" and revealed they will be reworking the entire franchise.

Speaking about his exit, Stuart said: "I think he's had a great run. Obviously, he's made that character his own and it's become the character he's most famous for now.

"And kids all over the world love him as that character so I think it's been great for him, it's been great for us, so I'm just very, very happy about it."

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He added: "I think Jack Sparrow will be his legacy. It's the only character he's played five times, it's the character he dresses up in to visit children in hospitals, it's what he'll be remembered for.

"Before Jack Sparrow came along, [Depp] was considered this kind of quirky, independent actor that made these really cool little Tim Burton films but he was by no means a movie star and a lot of people thought we were crazy for casting him at the time.

"Because he wasn't a proven commodity; you know, a big movie star. And we were making a big movie and we were putting this quirky, independent actor in the middle of it and people thought we were crazy.

"The fact that it worked is a miracle.

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"They were certainly nervous watching the rushes everyday but when it all came together, something just clicked and it was magic and connected with audiences. I'm proud to be a part of it."

The Sun Online has contacted Johnny's rep for comment.

This article originally appeared on The Sun.

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