Orlando Bloom Says 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' is Kind of a Reboot

December 16, 2014
Source: IGN

Orlando Bloom

After being rumored to head back to the seas in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, former franchise star Orlando Bloom spoke with IGN about the possibility of returning to the Disney adventure series. Bloom confirmed that he's been talking with the studio about coming back, but it's not a done deal. He said, "I’m not entirely sure that [I'll be back] just yet, but there are talks." And it sounds like his discussions have keyed him into some details that we hadn't heard before. Bloom adds, "Basically they want to reboot the whole franchise, I think, and do something with me and the relationship with my son…"

So it sounds like this would be a reboot akin to Transformers: Age of Extinction where we get a new cast, but a couple key parts, like Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, will still be involved. I'm not sure if I would call the July 7th, 2017 release a reboot as opposed to just another sequel, especially with the return of Bloom, but perhaps that's just how he sees the project. We actually predicted that Brenton Thwaites, who looks a lot like a younger Orlando Bloom, could be playing a lost brother, but with this information, it's more likely that he's playing Bloom's son in this film.

Anyway, other cast members reportedly involved include Geoffrey Rush back as Captain Barbossa and Javier Bardem as a new villain named Captain Brand, a ghost hellbent on getting revenge against Sparrow, blaming the swashbuckler for the death of his brother. So how would Bloom tie into all that? Well, we're not sure if he's just thinking up ideas or giving away plot details, but Bloom says, "I’m of course Davey Jones now, so I’m down the bottom of the ocean. It might be kind of fun to do something where I’m rumbling round the bottom of the ocean, because I won’t look anything like me. Get all gnarly.” That could be a fun way to bring Bloom back into the mix, but hopefully we'll get more clarification soon.

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Yeah it sounds like he's just misusing 'reboot' because it's not a direct continuation. Was Stranger Tides a reboot, then? Really looking forward to this.

OfficialJab on Dec 16, 2014


From the sounds of things with this news, it sounds like Pirates 5 will be both a reboot and a sequel.

Sean on Dec 16, 2014


No real info yet though, just his word 'reboot'. If he hadn't used the word I don't think anyone would be suspecting it. I won't really care that much if they try something like that though.

OfficialJab on Dec 16, 2014


It is likely a reboot and a sequel so if what Orlando Bloom said was actually incorrect, then Jerry Bruckheimer and/or Disney(the studio) would have said otherwise by now. But they haven't so something tells me that Orlando Bloom wasn't wrong.

Sean on Dec 16, 2014


By now? Probably not - it just came out today. But I doubt they'd craft a whole response to a word in an IGN interview, unless the news really spreads out. I think it's more likely he read the script, saw it's a new story with a couple past characters (as the last one was) and just described it that way. The word reboot is so broad now though... I don't consider Transformers 4 a reboot for example.

OfficialJab on Dec 16, 2014


Transformers 4 was a sequel and a reboot because it had new autobots and new decepticons and actors and actresses and a number of the autobots and decepticons from the previous 3 Transformers movies, so yes it was a reboot and a sequel even though many of the original autobots and decepticons and actors and actresses didn't return. And so it's the same thing with Pirates 5 meaning that it will be a sequel and a reboot because it will have new actors and actresses and new characters along with a number of the actors and actresses and characters from the previous 4 movies returning. Although, In Pirates 5's case more of the actors and actresses from the previous Pirates of the Caribbean films will be returning for Pirates 5, then the amount of actors and actresses and autobots and decepticons from the previous 3 Transformers that returned for Transformers 4.

Sean on Dec 17, 2014


Well I personally wouldn't call something a reboot just because there are some new characters and some not returning, doesn't that happen all the time? The only thing that comes to mind I would apply both terms to would be Star Trek, since it was a completely redesigned world and new casting for every character. But also it was a sequel.

OfficialJab on Dec 17, 2014


It's going to be both a sequel and a reboot because of what they are now planning for it.

Sean on Dec 17, 2014


Techno Space Pirates!!!??? Please.

DAVIDPD on Dec 16, 2014


Without Depp this will bomb.

timescapes on Dec 16, 2014


He will be in Pirates 5.

Sean on Dec 16, 2014


Sounds sad ... the first movie was great, the second was fun, the third was okay, the fourth was not even trying to be good, i doubt this will be any different. Johnny Depp has lost his appeal. He's over used as has type casted himself, they should lay this to rest at the bottom of the sea, and marinate there for a few.

shane willett on Dec 17, 2014


I liked the fourth one...

Tuomas Lassila on Dec 17, 2014


Cool , sadly i bought it because it was 3D blu ray - but it was really hard to like - the mermaid in the box ... LOL - the best thing this film has going for is the CG .. but I'm sure you weren't the only one who liked it, 5 is in the works 🙂

shane willett on Dec 17, 2014


So it kinda is like a reboot, and at the same time it isn't?

Tuomas Lassila on Dec 17, 2014


Yes, It will be both a sequel and a reboot at the same.

Sean on Dec 17, 2014

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