Johnny Depp’s Departure From The Pirates Franchise Saves The Studios A Substantial Amount Of Money

Pirates of the Caribbean

The new year always brings people hope of a fresh start. At the end of the year we all look back at what was and what could have been and try to make adjustments for the following year. Disney is in the process of doing just that with it’s plans to reboot the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise bringing in Deadpool 2 screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The big change of course was the confirmation that the reboot was going to move forward without it’s original star Johnny Depp and his iconic character Captain Jack Sparrow.

According to Forbes, Depps’ departure means that Disney Studios will save itself about $90 million, which is what reports say would have cost them for the actor to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow. If you look at the latest film from May 2017, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales had a reported budget of $230 million, which means that over a third of the entire cost of the film would have gone to a single actor.

Along with the burden of having to pay that crazy amount to Depp, they must make sure that they get as much of a bang for their buck as possible. Which means that the production team is probably going to take extra care on the scenes involving his character, possibly leading to other characters suffering in the process. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, brought in a franchise low $172 million domestically.

It has also been rumored that this move along with being a cost saving move, is a one that the studio wanted to make to not only start fresh, but to distance themselves from Depp following the allegations against him of domestic abuse from ex-wife Amber Heard. With Reese and Wernick working on the script we hope to hear some news about plans for the franchise sometime in the near future.

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Source: Forbes

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