PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN Franchise Would End Without Johnny Depp
Jerry Bruckheimer, longtime producer on Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, says he couldn’t see the series continuing on without star Johnny Depp.
“I just don’t see it [on Pirates without Depp],” he told Digital Spy. “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.”
Depp once again returns as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the franchise’s fifth installment, which is expected to sail towards $80+ million in its opening weekend debut over the Memorial Day weekend. And while Dead Men Tell No Tales may be the series’ closer — the ending wraps things up suitably, but an ominous post-credits scene teases a sixth installment — Bruckheimer says not to expect the series to ever wade over to the small screen.
“You have a kitchen in your house, right? But you still go out to eat,” he said. “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 newest Pirates introduces young blood to the saga in the form of Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites) and Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelairo), but it looks like their adventures on the high seas won’t continue unless Captain Jack Sparrow is along for the ride. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales opens Friday.