Johnny Depp may have to bid farewell to his “Pirates of the Caribbean” character, Captain Jack Sparrow.
Disney’s film production chief Sean Bailey was asked by the Hollywood Reporter whether the much-loved franchise, which has just hired ‘Deadpool’ writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick for a possible reboot, could survive without the actor.
Bailey replied, “We want to bring in a new energy and vitality.
“I love the [‘Pirates’] movies but part of the reason Paul and Rhett are so interesting is that we want to give it a kick in the pants. And that’s what I’ve tasked them with.”
Depp has played the character since the first movie back in 2003.
This isn’t the first time it’s been rumoured Depp will no longer take part in the franchise, with screenwriter Stuart Beattie telling the Mail Online in October that the star had “had a great run.”
“Pirates of the Caribbean 5” was released last year.
ET Canada has reached out to Disney and Depp’s rep for further comments.