Surprise! Johnny Depp Likely Signing for 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5'

July 5, 2011
Source: The Wrap

Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow

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.

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Reader Feedback - 28 Comments


this is great birthday news for me gooooo Pirates but I agree Alex hopefully they have a stronger script / story to go with one of the best movie characters in our generation

markj765 on Jul 6, 2011


But do the fans want him too?

Xerxexx on Jul 6, 2011


Why else are the fans going to see  the Pirates movies. The story? I mean for heaven's sake, Disney even changed the face of the Pirate's ride Jack to look like Depp. 

Sam the Sham on Jul 6, 2011


The fact that Jack Sparrow felt nothing like Jack Sparrow in the new Pirates annoyed I'm really not interested in another Pirates film.

Xerxexx on Jul 6, 2011


just for saying that i dont like you at all

Andrewgersh8 on Aug 23, 2011


i agree

Andrewgersh8 on Aug 23, 2011


did you really just ask if the fans want johnny too. of course they do.why would you ask that question

Andrewgersh8 on Aug 23, 2011


Perfect scenario where Money buying stars! Johnny can't really say NO to $30-40 million! 🙂

Maxy on Jul 6, 2011


Actually for pirates 4, he received $55.5 million. So I see like an unprecedented $100 million deal.

BlackFantasyFilmmaker on Jul 6, 2011


Actually for pirates 4, he received $55.5 million. So I see like an unprecedented $100 million deal.

BlackFantasyFilmmaker on Jul 5, 2011


I've got a feeling that Pirates of the Caribbean 5 will be coming to theaters on May 24th, 2013 Friday. Which is about 4 days after Pirates 4's theatrical release, but 2 years later.

Sean on Jul 6, 2011


Whoops! Sorry, my comment got posted 2 times, instead of 1 time.

Sean on Jul 6, 2011


@Ethan Anderon Thanks for deleting my comment above, that got accidently got posted 2 times, if that was you who deleted it for me.

Sean on Jul 6, 2011


@sean: I believe that's Fast Six's reales date. I'm sure they 'wouldn't open it the same night. 

Mac306 on Jul 6, 2011


Where did you get that information from ?

Sean on Jul 6, 2011


Everyone all together now.... UUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH *Groan of annoyance and indifference*

Chris Amaya on Jul 6, 2011


I'm shocked.

Anonymous on Jul 6, 2011


I wondered what they used all the money on for the last Pirates movie as it looked like a low budget movie. They seemes to have used it on Depps salary then? It felt tired boring and no one seemed to even try, just went through the motions and looked like they shot most of it on the stage of some theater. 

Loser on Jul 6, 2011


It didn't have a story did it? More and more they just become adverts for the theme park or extremely long trailers for a new film that never seems to arrive, just more lengthy trailers. Dunno really.

Crapola on Jul 6, 2011


Depp has made 350 Million off of the 4 pirates movies. Ignore the first since it was not exactly the biggest paycheck. But it was the time where Depp became a STUDIO actor and not the quirky odd ball role taker of the 1990s. He is a great actor and people do love the character even though the movies have gotten state. The more power to him if there is a demand for the POTC movies to continue. he may be just making up for lost wages from the 1990s. LOL

WB Exec on Jul 6, 2011


This is not coming as a surprise for me. A surprise will be the comeback of Keira. She was genius. 

whatafy on Jul 6, 2011


I have been a big Depp fan from his very early days on 21. I consider him one of the most versatile and greatest actors of our generation.  Of course I loved his first portrayal of Jack, but was disappointed that he signed to do the 2 sequels given his style. Extremely disappointed that he signed to do the 4th given the last 2 horrid sequels and now not sure what to say that he now signed on to this 5th sequel 

Tester on Jul 6, 2011


I sure hope they make another one. I still love these movies. (pst Alex, thanks for following me on Disque, I didn't know you love me that much ;))

Anonymous on Jul 6, 2011


I loved all the Pirate movies so I say "Go for it."

Lamar on Jul 6, 2011


que asco

stfugtfo on Jul 7, 2011


I remember when only Police Academy movies reached this number...

casting couch on Jul 7, 2011



Tyler Danger on Jul 7, 2011


i think its time it ends..for good now! not that i dont like POTC or jack sparrow. but eventually people will get tired of it. i also would like to see johnny in other big roles.

lee on Jul 22, 2011

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