Cast your mind back to the summer of 2020. (It feels like a long time ago, we know.) One of the projects proposed in these uncertain times was a female-driven spinoff to Disney’s huge success Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. The movie would have played a role The Suicide Squad‘s Margot Robbieand was reportedly an “original story with new characters underneath Pirates moniker, itself inspired by the long-running attraction at Disneyland.”
The project never really came up again, and now we know why: It’s not going to happen. In a new profile with Vanity Fair, Robbie reveals that the project is dead. “We had an idea and we developed it a while ago, ages ago, to have more of a female-led — not quite female-led, but just a different kind of story,” she explained, adding “as we thought would It’s been really cool, but I guess they won’t do it.” (They’re Disney.)
To date there have been five Pirates of the Caribbean movies, all starring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. Even before Depp’s various controversies, the series was waning; the final film in the franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Talesreceived terrible reviews and grossed less than $800 million worldwide — which sounds like a lot until you consider that previously Pirates sequels had grossed over $1 billion worldwide. A script for a sixth film was written but never made, and Depp has since said he is not interested in making another Pirates.
Between that news and this revelation from Robbie, it seems like Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise may be over — unless Disney considers rebooting it entirely in a brand new way. Robbie can next be seen in Damien Chazelles Babylon, which is scheduled to open in theaters on December 23. And Disney has by no means abandoned movies based on their theme park attractions. They recently recorded a new version of The Haunted Mansionwhich will open in cinemas next summer.