Despite Disney officials’ ambiguity, Johnny Depp has stated unequivocally that he would not return for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean.’ Captain Jack Sparrow is no longer alive. Despite rumors that Johnny Depp was in talks to reprise his role as the hilarious captain in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Depp has declared that he will not be returning because Disney “abandoned” him during the Amber Heard trial. Depp starred as Captain Jack Sparrow in the wildly successful Pirates of the Caribbean franchise for nearly two decades. A character for which Disney was planning a sixth picture right before the Edward Scissorhands star was accused of domestic violence against his ex-wife, Heard. Disney instead canceled the film in order to separate themselves from the actor who defined himself as “guilty until proven innocent.” This not only demonstrated to fans of the Sweeney Todd star that Disney believed Depp was guilty, but it also demonstrated to Depp how little loyalty the firm and officials had to him after a strong, decades-long working relationship.
They practically “abandoned” him, and Depp was bitter about it. While Depp was finally proved innocent, he discovered who his actual pals were and who was only there to ride on his fame’s coattails. As a result, when Disney proposed a sixth Pirates film to Depp, he turned it down. And they did so even when Disney executives opted to be more vague about it. Following the trial, Disney executives sent a letter of apology to Johnny Depp. During the trial, officials did everything they could to separate themselves and the firm from Depp and his films with Disney. However, once Depp was found not guilty, executives saw their blunder and reportedly sent a letter of apology along with an offer to reprise Captain Jack Sparrow. However, the firm allegedly received no answer, indicating that Depp had no interest in working with Disney or their franchise films. “I know corporate sent him a gift basket with a very heartfelt letter, but I’m unsure how it was received,” a Disney source stated. “But I can tell you that the studio has already written a draft for a film about Jack Sparrow — so they’re hoping Johnny will forgive them and return as his iconic character.” It was never confirmed whether or not this was a rumor.
But, once rumors circulated that Depp might return to reprise his famed pirate role, it became evident that he would never work for Disney again, regardless of the magnitude of the payout. When Disney said that Johnny Depp was “noncommittal” as Jack Sparrow, rumors were put to rest. While testifying under oath, Depp stated that he would never work with Disney again after they abandoned him. This included an offer of “$300 million and one million alpacas.” As a result, officials said Depp was “noncommittal” about returning to Pirates of the Caribbean rather than giving Disney a flat “no.” “We think we have a really good, exciting story that honors the films that have come before but also has something new to say,” said Sean Bailey, President of Production. When asked if Depp will return, Bailey replied that Depp was “noncommittal at this point.” Depp’s crew intervened to make it plain that Depp has no desire to work with Disney again. As a result, according to Disney Dining, no matter what Disney threw at him, Depp’s reaction would always be a resounding “no.”