The fate of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has been left in limbo. The Last of Us showrunner Craig Mazin reveals that his script for a new film was purchased, though work on the project has stalled due to the strike.
While the series has seen a steady decline in quality since its first entry, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise still holds a special place in the hearts of many fans. The series’ future has been hazy ever since Johnny Depp’s legal troubles came to light. However, it seems as though there may be a glimmer of hope for the franchise, with The Last of Us showrunner Craig Mazin revealing Disney purchased his “weird” script for an installment prior to the strikes:
“We pitched it and thought there’s no way they’re buying it, it’s too weird. And they did!” Mazin told LA Times. “And then he wrote a fantastic script and the strike happened and everyone’s waiting around.”
Craig Mazin would depart from his partner on The Last of Us Neil Druckmann for the project if it continues post-strikes, teaming up with Ted Elliott, who wrote the first Pirates of the Caribbean film. It’s unclear if the script purchased by Disney is a reboot or a sequel, though given Johnny Depp’s noncommittal answer about leaving the franchise, it’s possible Jack Sparrow may sail the seven seas once again!
The Tale of Jack Sparrow
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.
The synopsis for the film can be read below:
“Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Capt. Jack Sparrow feels the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost sailors led by his old nemesis, the evil Capt. Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it, he must forge an uneasy alliance with a brilliant and beautiful astronomer and a headstrong young man in the British navy.”
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is now streaming on Disney Plus!