As Disney moves forward with its plans to reboot the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise without original star Johnny Depp, the decision not to bring back the Captain Jack Sparrow actor will reportedly save the production a significant amount of money.
Depp’s reported salary to reprise his iconic role as Captain Jack would have been $90 million. As the most recent installment, last year’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, had a reported production budget of $230 million, over a third of the production costs would have been its swaggering star’s salary alone.
Last month, Disney confirmed plans to reboot the popular cinematic franchise without Depp, with Deadpool 2 screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick already at work on a script for a new installment.
In addition to the cost-saving move, Depp’s departure is also rumored as a way for the studio to both start completely fresh as well as potentially distance itself from the actor following allegations of domestic abuse from ex-spouse Amber Heard.
Depp had starred in all five installments of the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, instantly becoming a fan-favorite character and earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for the 2003 original film, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. It is unclear if Disney intends to recast the role or not include Captain Jack Sparrow in a reboot entirely.