Audiences will embark on a brand new adventure with Captain Jack Sparrow and friends when Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales hit theaters this Friday. However, in light of recent controversies surrounding lead star Johnny Depp’s personal life and the fact that this will be the actors fifth appearance in the highly successful franchise, a number of fans are growing weary of Depp and the antics of the eccentric pirate he portrays. Despite the reservations of some fans, the character arguably remains the most popular of the franchise and producer Jerry Bruckheimer revealed to the Digital Spy that he cannot envision the franchise moving forward without Johnny Depp’s involvement.
Bruckheimer explained that he finds it difficult to see the Pirates of the Caribbean films moving forward without the star he believes is the key to the franchise’s success.
“I just don’t see it. The secret to any successful franchise is picking talented people, and Johnny is absolutely key to the success of Pirates. He’s such a unique character, such an endearing character, and such an irreverent character all in one.”
Bruckheimer did acknowledge that the franchise has been a collaborative effort involving a number of individuals who have worked on each film since the first installment.
“Pirates has become a family now. We’ve got talented people in every position – people who have worked on them since the beginning. I think that’s one of the reasons the franchise keeps on working.”
When asked about the future of the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, Bruckheimer did reveal that the franchise will not be transitioning to the small screen, using metaphor to describe the Netflix experience.
“You have a kitchen in your house, right? But you still go out to eat. If something drags you out of the house it’s usually good food. We have to make really, really good movies to make people stay away from their televisions. And that’s exactly what we do.”
The controversy surrounding Johnny Depp should not be disregarded, but even if we separate his professional life and his personal issues, how long can Captain Jack Sparrow sustain the franchise? Personally, how many films can we watch where someone from Jack Sparrow’s past returns seeking revenge for a wrong committed against them by the eccentric captain before we start to wonder if the character has it coming?
Directed by Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales stars Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Kaya Scodelario, Brenton Thwaites, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush and Keira Knightley.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will be released in theaters on May 26, 2017.
Source: Digital Spy