It looks like a beloved Disney franchise won’t be getting a dose of maximum effort after all. Geoff Boucher, via his new column on Deadline Hollywood, has reported that Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have walked away from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. I was excited when I first heard about this news. After all, having a writing duo of their caliber writing what is essentially the crown jewel of Disney live-action adaptation business seemed like a slam dunk. It’s too bad that won’t be the case.
What’s even more surprising about this news was that they were discussing the project as a genuine reboot without the participation of Johnny Depp, something they seemed to be on the fence about when the news was first announced. While I’m a bit disappointed that a Captain Jack return was not on the table, it probably would’ve been for the best, as I felt the last movie had pretty much wrapped up the franchise. The sky would’ve been the limit with a truly blank slate, so I can’t help but wonder what it was that made them walk away. Disney production president Sean Bailey seemed really excited about the prospect of a Pirates reboot, something that had heightened my own excitement for the project. I’ve always liked Bailey ever since he pulled double duty on another large-scale Disney production, Tron: Legacy, so I had faith he’d be able to resurrect another Disney property. Despite this stall, I have a feeling that they’ll be able to bring the series back somewhere down the road, and I’ll be there opening day whenever they do.
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