by 👩💻 Stephanie Boyd
This certainly seems to be the era of the TV and movie reboot, and why not? The idea of taking a concept which already works well and remodelling it for a new audience has worked wonders in the past, and it’s bizarre to see so many relatively young works and IPs already getting the revamp treatment. Take the likes of Spider-Man – who has been rebooted on the big screen twice in 15 years over five standalone movies so far – as well as relatively modern properties such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Frasier, which are both reportedly being explored in terms of reboot and relaunch.
A surprising addition to the reboot line-up is Pirates of the Caribbean. Disney’s one-time enormously popular franchise has rather dwindled slightly in terms of critical and audience reception in recent years and, as such, it seems that those in the know at the House of Mouse are already exploring ways to do-over the adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow. Whether Johnny Depp will be involved again remains to be seen – though the rumor of a reboot may well have started discussions over whether or not the move is to distance the firm and franchise from the actor, who has been at the center of a number of press-friendly, family-unfriendly moments in recent months.
▶ 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Reboot To Be Written By Deadpool Writers
Disney are thought to have poached the talents of writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, known for Deadpool and Zombieland, to bring a new, irreverent Pirates to the big screen. They are reportedly in early talks, which could mean – of course – that things may not even come to fruition. Alternatively, it could be the start of a brand new line of Pirates movies which Disney will no doubt hope to become more profitable than ever before in years to come.
The most recent Pirates movie, Dead Men Tell No Tales, was a relative box office disaster for the franchise, making over half of what the franchise’s films would normally court domestically. Is this as a result of franchise fatigue? Is it time for Captain Sparrow and his motley crew to head off into the sunset for a while? Possibly – it certainly doesn’t hurt for franchises to take a break once in a while, and with Depp arguably suffering in the press and in terms of recent box office performances, it may be time for Sparrow to take a back seat for a few years. Disney, no doubt, will take us back to the high seas as and when the time is right.