Surprise! Johnny Depp Likely Signing for 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5'
Though On Stranger Tides, the fourth film in the high seas Pirates of the Caribbean franchise merely struck me as a lame sequel doing nothing but treading water in familiar territory, the rest of the world has pushed the film over $1 billion in box office and it currently sits at #7 on the all-time world box office leaders chart. Therefore, it's no surprise that The Wrap reports Johnny Depp is already close to signing a deal to start in a fifth film for the Disney theme park franchise. We've been hearing about a fifth and even sixth film in the series since before On Stranger Tides came out, but this makes it even more official.
Back in December cast and crew had been told to set aside a chunk of time in the future to shoot a fifth and sixth installment in the series back-to-back, but it's not clear if that's still the plan with Depp only close to signing on for the fifth film. Back in May when On Stranger Tides hit theaters producer Jerry Bruckheimer said, "Hopefully, if this one does well, (Depp) will want to come back and play the character again. But it’s going to depend on the screenplay. It always does. He’s maniacal about not wanting to disappoint his audience.” Well, the film has done well, but here's hoping the script delivers a little more quality adventure this time around.