Pirates of the Caribbean Wiki


Pirates of the Caribbean Wiki
Pirates of the Caribbean Wiki
"Listen that your voice should quiver like a fiddle string! Say what robs you of your staunch heart, Gibbs, or forever leave it to the wider fields of fancy."
- Captain Hector Barbossa

Mr. Depp and Mr. Bruckheimer, aka "good friends"

Sigh. Yet another "non-answer" interview from producer Jerry Bruckheimer about Pirates of the Caribbean. I am sorry for any who subject themselves into these so-called "news" and "updates", present company included, when they are anything but internet gossip. And I admit, it is sad that I feel I should post it as something as impactful as a D23 announcement, when it really isn't. Which is even sadder when you realize it was less than two months after the "reboot" report, as we covered in Pirates of the Caribbean 6: Jerry Bruckheimer "confirms" a "reboot". But before I go on, let's start with the latest news, just to get it out of the way, before I go further into detail on this madness.

The "news"[]

In a recent news report (also shared on Facebook, among other places), Deidre Behar of Entertainment Tonight interviewed Jerry Bruckheimer about his films, including the upcoming Young Woman and the Sea written by Jeff Nathanson, as well as some sequels in development, like the Pirates of the Caribbean "reboot"—and before anyone asks, there is a reason I write that with quotations. This was after the star of the franchise, actor Johnny Depp, was recently spotted holding a book with a pirate logo, which apparently sparked online chatter that this may be a hint of Depp returning as Captain Jack Sparrow. Taken from the video interview in question:

Deidre Behar: We saw a photo of Johnny Depp out earlier this week holding a book that had a pirate logo on the back of it. I know you've said that you really are excited to reboot this franchise. Does that reboot include an appearance from the original Captain Jack Sparrow?
Jerry Bruckheimer: If it was up to me, of course. I'd love having him back in the movie. He's fabulous, a great actor, and a good friend.
Behar: It looks like he's studying up. Are there conversations between the two of you about getting the band back together?
Bruckheimer I've certainly spoken to him, but we'll see what happens.

Mr. Depp being spotted carrying a notebook with a pirate logo, while it may be an interesting piece of news (courtesy of Express.co.uk) to some, ultimately means Jack Squat (not Sparrow) in the grand scheme of things. At least for right now, if not ever. Having yet another non-answer interview from Bruckheimer ("reboot" or not) certainly isn't helping generate as much excitement, but I'll get to that below. With that said, I admit I'm surprised we got another interview about a potential Pirates from Bruckheimer so soon after his last, which going by past interviews usually happen yearly at earliest.

Personal commentary[]

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Mr. Depp, Mr. Bruckheimer, and Mr. Mouse, get your franchise straight!

Now, if you haven't already, you may already be wondering, "Why do you have quotations on 'reboot'? It was already confirmed by producer Jerry Bruckheimer!" Well, dear reader, may I first redirect you to my thoughts on the originally so-called news through a previous blog linked above, appropriately titled "Pirates of the Caribbean 6: Jerry Bruckheimer "confirms" a "reboot", which may (or may not) answer your question to one's mindset. Presuming this does not answer your question, or more likely you're too lazy to read into this further, well, perhaps I should list the following so-called "news" and "updates" on here. Focusing (mostly) on Bruckheimer-related news:

  1. Various 2017 interviews, let's use Yahoo for the sake of argument, where Jerry Bruckheimer indicated a sixth film was indeed in development after the fifth. There are other comments, like this USA Today interview from directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg about whether "that" post-credit scene is just a dream or something more...but let's be real, Rønning and Sandberg need to be as far away from POTC as possible now. But I digress.
  2. 2019-2023 saw Craig Mazin and original Pirates writer Ted Elliott being attached to the next film. Although we did get a "non-answer" from Bruckheimer in 2020, this news did feel more tangible through Mazin's comments (also recently covered here) after the 2023 strikes last year. Of course some fans are more confident in this one due to the involvement of Mazin, known for Chernobyl and The Last of Us, as well as Elliott, who (again) co-wrote the first four Pirates films. There are of course comments from actors, but the only one that seems to be openly and honestly is that Keira Knightley has been done with Pirates since 2007, minus the non-speaking cameo role in the fifth film, which only happened shortly before the film's release. There is the infamous Depp v. Heard trial, but let's not go down that rabbit hole.
  3. March 12, 2023, Entertainment Tonight interviews Jerry Bruckheimer on Bringing Johnny Depp Back to Pirates Franchise.
  4. March 25, 2024 (already linked above), ComicBook.com reports that Jerry Bruckheimer "confirms" a "reboot" for Pirates, taken from Bruckheimer's wording: "But we're gonna reboot Pirates, so that is easier to put together because you don't have to wait for certain actors." On the surface, yes, one might believe it, but is it truly a "reboot" or just another film with a new cast?
  5. May 17, 2024 (already covered above), Entertainment Tonight asks Jerry Bruckheimer - let me point out, again, TWO MONTHS after the "reboot" report - about Johnny Depp's potential involvement based on recent conversations and photos of a "pirate" notebook. Which may or may not (likely not) have merit.
  6. May 15, 2024, Jerry Bruckheimer Talks Young Woman & the Sea Denzel & More with Rich Eisen, in which he says at the 0:50 mark: "[Jeff Nathanson] is a fabulous writer." Okay, I admit this is a low blow on my part, but still, this is something to consider in this argument to be made.

First and foremost, Jerry Bruckheimer is a great producer. Jeff Nathanson is a "fabulous" writer. And hell, Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are great directors. Because why else would they be hired for work in the first place? Ahem, I'm apparently getting off track again, now going back to focus on the one person clearly involved still in the Pirates franchise.

Nothing against Mr. Bruckheimer, but almost every interview is a song that I (and we fans) have heard more than once, from "we're working on it" and "we're almost there" only to remain in development hell for a few more years. The recent news of a so-called "reboot" is probably the closest to a legitimate update, but even then I'm having a hard time accepting it as fact, regardless of my feelings on a sixth film. Yes, one may compare it to the 2023 Haunted Mansion film, which was different than the 2003 film. But even then there are some facts that make this idea questionable. Speculative, really, at least to my taste in news. It is my belief that news outlets, tabloids, and the internet in general interpreted the "reboot" news in the worst case scenario in that the next Pirates movie will be a full-on reboot.

For instance, we don't know the current state of the script by Craig Mazin and Ted Elliott, the latter being (again) one of the original Pirates writers, which was the most recent update as far as the film's story-to-be. Considering this, I can't really see them destroy years of story creation and world-building, especially with Elliott being involved in. Also, saying it is a new film with new characters? Fine. But why bring up wanting to bring Johnny Depp back as Captain Jack Sparrow? Why bother using the word "reboot" at all when it probably isn't by definition. Bear in mind, ignoring Bruckheimer's comments, the word "reboot" was used before, whether it was the since-cancelled spin-offs or even the fifth film, in which the word "soft reboot" was used by Orlando Bloom. If anything, a soft reboot may be what this sixth film may be, given what iron-clad information we know now, which really isn't much, for aforementioned reasons above. Otherwise, there is nothing concrete about another film, such is almost all internet rumors.

Of course, Mr. Bruckheimer is a producer, he is asked questions, and he is required to answer. I get it. But at this point, I'd rather he just be a "no comment" guy when there isn't really anything to tell. And so far, other than that there is a film ("reboot" or not) in development, there isn't anything to tell.

Bottom line: even with the initial story above (video and all) this feels more "non-story" than actual news. It is something that Jerry Bruckheimer has done before in Pirates 4, then in Pirates 5, and now with the Pirates 6 er "reboot" in the works. My advice to any new to follow Pirates news, as always, wait for Disney to come out with some big announcement at D23 or something. These small-scale reports and rumors that don't have any merit or really reveal anything are getting old. As far as I'm concerned, this may be my last Pirates 6 er "reboot" update until a more official announcement is made...or at least a "Sequel News Rundown" post is made...which over half of this blog post probably is already. Oh well.

In closing[]

Despite my apparent mixed feelings (and massive rant) on this news being true, or at least (due to inconsistency) being accurate within the next five years, let's just focus for the sake of argument. So far, we seem to be getting another film, "reboot" or actual sequel, that may or may not feature Johnny Depp in some capacity. What do you all think about this? Do you want to see a proper sequel to the previous five films or do you want something entirely new from the world of Pirates of the Caribbean? Or are you, like me, tired of having to read all these non-stories from Jerry Bruckheimer and prefer Disney come out with the updates? Please comment below and share your thoughts!