According to Deadline, Disney is exploring a possible reboot of their billion-dollar Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

The studio has already met with the Deadpool writing team of Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who are in early talks to write the script.

Deadline is reporting that Jerry Bruckheimer will continue to act as producer on the franchise, but it is too early to say who else will return – including cast members. It has been reported today that leading man Johnny Depp will not return to his role of Captain Jack Sparrow, with Disney dropping the 55-year-old actor.

The original Pirates scriptwriter, Stuart Beattie has been the first to publicly confirm that Depp will not return. Speaking exclusively to DailyMailTV at an event in Hollywood, Beattie 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.”

This exit follows four years of drama for Depp, which have included his divorce from Amber Heard, abuse allegations, money issues and drinking problems. As well as this, his last performance as Captain Jack, in 2017’s Dead Men Tell No Tales, was felt by many fans to be a fairly lacklustre outing, which led to the film becoming the lowest performing movie in the franchise to-date.

More on the Pirates of the Caribbean reboot when we have it.

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