Without a doubt, Pirates of the Caribbean is one of the most successful movie franchises out there, and a lot of it is thanks to Johnny Depp's enigmatic performance as Captain Jack Sparrow. With Dead Men Tell No Tales marking another supposed "end" for the franchise, producer Jerry Bruckheimer talks about the future of POTC and why it will only be kept alive as long as they have Depp.
In an interview with DigitalSpy, Bruckheimer says:
"I just don't see it [working on Pirates without Depp]. The secret to any successful franchise is picking talented people, and Johnny is absolutely key to the success of Pirates. He's such a unique character, such an endearing character, and such an irreverent character all in one."
To be honest, I just came out of watching Dead Men Tell No Tales, and it feels that Johnny Depp has grown tired of the character. Unlike his performances in the first three movies, Sparrow in POTC 5 has lost a lot of his fire — his speech is slurred, his actions are not as snappy, and the flare of the young Captain Jack feels a bit lost. Also the young CGI Depp in Salazar's flashback sequence looks kind of weird.
I'm not telling anybody what to do, but I'm thinking that Pirates of the Caribbean should have really just ended with At World's End. It was a satisfying conclusion to a fantastic franchise, and Depp clearly wants to put all this behind him.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales comes out May 26.