Disney Working on Pirates of the Caribbean 6

The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has been a veritable cash cow for the Disney Corporation, in addition to revenue from merchandise and increased Disney Parks flow, the franchise has made billions in box office revenue, the breakdown of which is below. 

Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl: $305M (Domestic) $654 (Worldwide)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest: $423M (Domestic) $1B (Worldwide)
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End: $309M (Domestic) $963M (Worldwide)
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Strange Tides: $241M (Domestic) $1B (Worldwide)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales: $172M (Domestic) $794 (Worldwide)

A franchise that has made nearly $5B in box office alone should be an easy yes to make more but after the 5th film, it was unknown if they'd actually make a 6th film. There were various reasons for this, one being the decreasing domestic box office (but hey it still made almost $800M worldwide), another is the astronomical cost of these films (the 3rd and 4th film in the franchise are 2 of the top 5 most expensive films ever made with budgets of $300M and $378M respectfully). On Stranger Tides is actually the most expensive film ever made above Avengers Age of Ultron #2 and Infinity War #3. 

Why are they so expensive? Well, building and sinking ships, filming on location etc is not cheap, also the star Johnny Depp get's paid a bundle. 

Curse of the Black Pearl: $10M
Dead Man's Chest: $20M
At World's End: $20M
On Stranger Tides: $55M
Dead Men Tell No Tales: $35M 

Even the actor says he makes stupid money for these films but recently he has become box office poison, due to his ongoing personal issues. The presence of the actor has even made life hard for the creators of the Harry Potter spinoff franchise - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, where he plays the dark wizard Grindelwald, due to his mere presence. 

But what about Pirates of the Caribbean? It was recently announced Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio, who have written the entire franchise, are currently writing the 6th film in the franchise, and many of the production crew from previous films are set to return. But should they even do it? The 5th film wrapped many plots and opened up potential for more but the biggest asterix is Depp himself, should he return to the franchise that made him a superstar? Logic says no but can the existing cast, even with a hint that Bill Nighy could return etc hold this up and warrant the astronomical cost to make the films? Will a Deppless film make the $ overseas that they currently pull? It may very well help stateside but is Disney risking too much by doing this? 

I honestly liked where Dead Men Tell No Tales ended, it felt like a good wrap to the series for many of its characters, where could they go? Of course you're saying, hello, Turner's son and Barbossas daughter etc, but are they interesting enough to carry on this franchise? Maybe, but its a risk and they're going to have to write a better film than they have for a while, so really, just let it end for now, please? Unless you're going to pull out all the stops and make something truly new and epic, just let it rest in Davy Jone's locker. 


  1. Of course they should make it. And I don't care about actors personal lives. It has nothing to do with their art.


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