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Disney Was Assumed to Pass on ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Reboot Script Because It Was ‘Too Weird’

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Writer Craig Mazin was surprisingly delighted when Disney approved the Pirates of the Caribbean reboot script.

Swashbuckling pirates. Gigantic, man-eating sea creature. Davy Jones locker. And an eclectic but lovable Jack Sparrow. All these things bring back memories of a watery but nostalgic ride at Disneyland and a wildly entertaining performance by Johnny Depp in the eccentric franchise Pirates of the Caribbean. With the reboot in process, screenwriter Craig Mazin has his work cut out for him. Judging from his reaction to Disney’s approval of the script, it’s safe to say the film will be as outlandish as ever. 

The Adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow

Pirates of the Caribbean took the world by storm in 2003 when the series’ first film hit theaters worldwide, bringing in a whopping $650 million at the box office. Since then, there have been four more films, each as unique and entertaining as the next. They create an exciting world for moviegoers to fully immerse themselves in as they follow the quirky Jack Sparrow on his hilariously harrowing adventures. To say this film series has had a significant impact on the Hollywood community would be an understatement, and it’s high time another movie hits the big screens again. Though there is no confirmed release date, and fans are unsure if Johnny Depp will return to his iconic role, the idea that there will be another installment is enough for fans to be satisfied — for now. 

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The Relaunch of the Black Pearl

Disney is currently in the process of producing a few movies revolving around the Pirates of the Caribbean universe, relaunching the beloved films for older and newer generations to enjoy. There was even talk of producing a spin-off starring Margot Robbie in a more female-led Pirates of the Caribbean movie. However, that project was shelved earlier this year. Meanwhile, Mazin’s script, which was created in collaboration with one of the film’s original writers, Ted Elliot, for the upcoming reboot, was approved by Disney, but the process has slowed due to the recent SAG-AFTRA strike. 

Nonetheless, Mazin is excited about the film, telling reporters that he submitted the script fully prepared for rejection due to it being “too weird” but was pleasantly surprised when Disney accepted it. However, in the Pirates of the Caribbean World, nothing is too weird for Jack Sparrow to handle.

Though there is no trailer for the upcoming reboot, below is the trailer for the first film, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, which canonized the series into what it is today.

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Pirates of the Caribbean The Curse of the Black Pear (2003) Disney Official Trailer

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