reboot its Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise. And the studio is talking with the writes behind the Deadpool movies to do it.Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Disney is in talks to
Pirates of the Caribbean is one of the top movie franchises of all time, earning more than $4.5 billion in worldwide box office. It is by far Disney's most lucrative effort to date to transform a theme park attraction into a film franchise, so it's understandable that the company would want to keep the money flowing.
The five-film series debuted in 2003 with Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. The first sequel, 2006's Dead Man's Chest, earned the most of the five films at U.S. box office, with $423 million. It was all down the waterfall from there, though, with each subsequent movie earning less domestically, though 2011's On Stranger Tides topped $1 billion worldwide.
The fifth film dropped only last year, so it seems a bit early to be talking about a reboot. But with Disney planning its release schedule years in advance, if it wants to clear a slot for a new Pirates film, the sooner it gets a script, the better for the studio.
The writing team of Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick won raves for their work on Deadpool, which brought a heightened sense of the sarcasm and snark that helped make Pirates a hit. Much of that was due to the performance of Johnny Depp, who's now moved on to the role of Gellert Grindelwald in Warner Bros.' Wizarding World franchise. No word whether he would be involved in any new Pirates films. It's probably too early in the process to know that.
But the Captain Jack Sparrow character popularized by Depp endures in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean attractions around the world, which Disney retconned to include the character after the movies hit big. Disney even revamped the narrative of its all-new Pirates installation in Shanghai, to follow the film series. That installation currently tops of our reader-selected list of the world's top 50 theme park attractions.
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