Jerry Bruckheimer offers an update on next Pirates Of The Caribbean films

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‘A younger cast’ is likely for the next instalment of Pirates Of The Caribbean, whilst Margot Robbie’s project may not be as ‘dead’ as reports suggested. 

It’s been a couple of years since we heard that two new Pirates of the Caribbean projects were being worked on, one of which would be a Margot Robbie-led project whilst the other would feature a host of younger characters. Neither seemed to feature a return for  series regular, Johnny Depp.

Last month, Margot Robbie spoke about her planned Pirates film, saying that it was effectively ‘dead’, stating that “we had an idea, and we were developing it for a while, ages ago, to have more of a female-led – not totally female-led, but just a different kind of story – which we thought would’ve been really cool, but I guess they don’t want to do it.”

Whilst not confirming that it’s officially curtains for that project, series producer Jerry Bruckheimer has popped up to offer an update to The Hollywood Reporter on both Pirates projects and it does sound like one is far closer to getting a green light than the other.

“Oh God, they’re all hard. I think we’re getting very close on that one, too. We have a very good script. We developed two of them — the one with Margot Robbie and one with a younger cast. The Margot Robbie one needs a little more work. The younger cast one is close. Hopefully we’ll get both of them.”

Bruckheimer did counter Robbie’s assertion that her Pirates project is ‘dead’ though, stating that “it’s alive for me. It’s alive for Disney. I’m sure she was disappointed it didn’t go first — or maybe not because she’s very busy, so it might be a blessing to push this a bit. We believe we’ll get it made. It’s a very strong story.”

Bruckheimer also spoke about wanting to bring Johnny Depp back to the franchise, but pointed out that this was a decision that would be made by the studio. He did confirm that the Jack Sparrow character wouldn’t be killed off though.

There are plenty of intriguing narratives to follow here, but as it stands, it looks like we’ll be getting the Pirates Of The Caribbean project with a fresh young cast sailing into cinemas before Robbie’s version, if indeed that one ever arrives at all.

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