Why ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 6’ Doesn’t Make Sense Without Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow

Everything pointed to the fact that the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise was going to run out Johnny Depp giving life to Jack Sparrow, but it was not until this week that the actor himself confirmed that he would not return to the franchise even if Disney offered him $300 million to participate in it. Confirmed this, I think that the saga should not go ahead and I will explain why.

Johnny Depp is essential in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’

It is true that ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ is part of a Disney theme park attraction, so they could really pull from there to relaunch the franchise. There are several projects, but they have been going around for years without anything going ahead. And it is that today it turns out very difficult to conceive that a possible ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 6’ would have the support of the public without Jack Sparrow -and that the character was created with another actor in mind-.

And is that ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ is Jack Sparrow. Without necessarily being the protagonist of the story, the character played by Depp became the soul of it in ‘The curse of the black pearl’ playing an eccentric liaison who quickly won the hearts of the public. Plus, he was a lot of fun without being limited to the role of mere comic relief. For that there were already others.

All this was maintained both in ‘Dead Man’s Chest’ and ‘At the End of the World’, two more irregular films than its predecessor but in which Sparrow did not fail. It was in ‘On Stranger Tides’ where it was shown that he had to be, in his way, the engine of history and not a mere passenger in an adventure in which he was involved a little almost unintentionally. It is clear that this was not the only reason for his artistic failure -it was fabulous at the box office-, but the result was a boring film that didn’t exactly leave you wanting more.

The franchise corrected course with ‘Salazar’s Revenge’, where Sparrow’s weight in the saga grew again. He again shone above the real protagonists and was still the most likeable. It is true that it no longer had the same freshness as before, but Depp as Sparrow confirmed having an importance equivalent to that of Bruce Willis Like John McClane in ‘Jungle of Glass’.

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The main problem facing Disney is that ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ is a very recognizable brand, something that any studio would give almost anything for, but most of its popularity is due to Jack Sparrow. And doing something without him is a much riskier move than it seems, because the movies in this franchise are very expensive, to the point that ‘On Stranger Tides’ is considered the most expensive movie of all time with a budget of 378 million dollars. And Depp was paid a lot, but the cost was still huge without him.

Pirates of the Caribbean Johnny Depp

In addition, it is not that maritime adventures are exactly going through a moment of great popularity. The smart option is simply to let the saga rest, because whether you continue with or without Depp you are going to receive a multitude of complaints -and as soon as someone else is signed for the character, I can’t imagine the wave of discussions that it was going to provoke-. Of course, I do not rule out that they have even considered a prequel in which they can count on Sparrow but without Depp, and that if ‘Wonka’ ends up being successful, they end up betting on something like that. I don’t see it at all clearly either, but a sixth part without Sparrow just doesn’t make sense today.