A sixth Pirates of the Caribbean film is in production, and Margot Robbie might lead it. Two screenplays are being developed for Pirates of the Caribbean 6, one with Robbie and the other without her, according to producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Recently, Bruckheimer spoke with The Sunday Times about the production of the next action picture Top Gun: Maverick, which stars Tom Cruise. When questioned about the continuation of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and the likelihood that it would have a female protagonist, Bruckheimer responded as follows:
“Yes. We’re talking to Margot Robbie. We are developing two Pirates scripts — one with her, one without.”
The most concerning issue right now is whether Johnny Depp will return to the series. There have been rumors that Disney does not want anything to do with Johnny Depp and even rejected his appearance in the proposed Margot Robbie Pirates film. Depp is now engaged in a $50 million defamation action against ex-wife Amber Heard for her domestic violence charges, which he vigorously denies. Depp said during his testimony that he would never return to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
That undoubtedly makes things more difficult, but fans are sticking up for the renowned megastar, and there is a petition to bring back Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in the sixth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise. Things might be turned around if he wins his pending litigation and his Hollywood reputation is restored. Depp has the backing of the fans, and if a significant number of people request that he reprise his legendary role as Captain Jack Sparrow, even Depp wouldn’t be able to refuse.
Bruckheimer disclosed that there are currently no plans for Depp to engage in the sixth Pirates film. When asked whether Johnny Depp may return, the seasoned producer said affirmatively “Not at this point. The future is yet to be decided.” Although this is not what fans of Pirates of the Caribbean expect to hear, it looks that Depp‘s return to the franchise is questionable yet feasible.