Why Pirates of the Caribbean Producer Wants Johnny Depp Back

Pirates of the Caribbean producer Jerry Bruckheimer passionately expresses his desire to have Johnny Depp back for more Pirates films. Pirates of the Caribbean saw its last iteration in 2017 with the film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. A sequel, which will be the sixth Pirates of the Caribbean film has since been announced. Unlike its five predecessors, however, Depp will not be returning as Captain Jack Sparrow.

If it were up to Bruckheimer, however, Depp would return to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Speaking with Deadline, Bruckheimer sung Depp’s praises, speaking well of both his talents and character. Check out the full quote from Bruckheimer:

“He’s just so good at what he does and actors recover from things like this. He’s a good individual and he’s a caring individual. He’s somebody that you can rely on and he’s just terrific. I think Johnny is an utter friend and an amazing artist and, again, you go through things in life you wish you hadn’t, but he’s still a talented artist.”

How Jack Sparrow’s Loss Changes Pirates of the Caribbean

This is not the first time Bruckheimer has expressed interest in working with Depp again for Pirates of the Caribbean. This time, Bruckheimer doubles down on his fondness for the actor, subtly defending Depp against his rocky image in the public eye in the process. Both Depp’s drama with ex-partner Amber Heard and his already-announced exit as Jack Sparrow make his return to the Pirates of the Caribbean series seem unlikely, despite Bruckheimer’s support of Depp.

Without Depp, Pirates of the Caribbean 6 will shape up to be a lot different from the first five films. Captain Jack Sparrow has been the series’ iconic protagonist since 2003’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, so it will be difficult for the series for forge ahead without him. Pirates of the Caribbean may also lack other recurring actors such as Orlando Bloom, who played former-blacksmith-turned-pirate Will Turner in the original series. Unlike Depp, Bloom has hinted about his openness to return for Pirates of the Caribbean 6.

Bruckheimer’s passionate support of Depp’s Pirates of the Caribbean return should not be taken lightly, however. Bruckheimer has been heavily involved in the Pirates series since its inception in 2003. Furthermore, he has a powerful Hollywood stronghold, producing a number of blockbuster hits including last year’s Top Gun: Maverick. If Depp’s image is able to turn around in the coming years, perhaps Bruckheimer could see his Pirates of the Caribbean wishes come true.

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