The Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise producer Jerry Bruckheimer recently revealed that he would ‘love’ to have star Johnny Depp back in the franchise. In a recent interview with The Hollywood producer, the producer also praises Depp. Bruckheimer seemed on board to have Johnny Depp, who recently reached a $1 million settlement with his ex-wife, Amber Heard, over his defamation suit against her, return to star in the series.
While discussing the possibility of a sixth Pirates film, Bruckheimer shared, “I would love to have him in the movie.” “He’s a friend, a terrific actor and it’s unfortunate that personal lives creep into everything we do,” he added. Earlier in the interview, Bruckheimer was asked whether he believed Disney would allow Depp to lead another Pirates film.
Jerry shared, “You’d have to ask them. I can’t answer that question. I really don’t know.” The producer also responded to Depp’s previous claims that the franchise would have to kill off his character Captain Jack Sparrow if he returned for a sixth and final film. ‘You can’t. We tried to kill him. It didn’t work,’ Bruckheimer said.
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Elsewhere in the interview, Bruckheimer discussed his recent success with the blockbuster movie Top Gun: Maverick, which has grossed more than $1 billion thanks to its strategy to stay in theatres for an extended period of time, rather than quickly moving to stream. Meanwhile, previously, a source shared to DailyMail that Depp would not be returning for a sixth film in the Pirates series, following a rumour that his name had been spotted on a call sheet.
Depp was troubled in recent years by claims of abuse from his ex-wife Amber Heard. He sued her for defamation in response to a Washington Post op-ed she wrote referencing a past abusive relationship, though he was not named in the article. A jury later awarded Depp more than $10 million in his defamation suit, but, confusingly, also ruled in favor of Heard on one of her counterclaims, awarding her $2 million.