According to Variety, Margot made the revelation regarding the movie, which would have been written by her screenwriter Christina Hodson, in the magazine’s cover story.
As per the outlet, she said, “We had an idea and we were developing it for a while, ages ago, to have more of a female-led — not totally female-led, but just a different kind of story — which we thought would’ve been really cool. But I guess they don’t want to do it.”
The confirmation had fans of the franchise celebrating the decision to shelve the film and began trending the hashtag, ‘No Johnny No Pirates’.
“I like Margo Robbie as an actress but there is only ONE Captain Jack Sparrow. The movie would never work without him,” read a tweet.
Another said, “It’s great to see this trending! I would never see a Pirates of the Caribbean movie without Johnny Depp! He IS the franchise. I would rather them drop the franchise entirely than make another POTC movie without Johnny.”
“There is no Pirates of the Caribbean without Johnny Depp, and there never will be,” said another.
See all the fan reactions that came in below:
I like Margo Robbie as an actress but there is only ONE Captain Jack Sparrow. The movie would never work without hi… https://t.co/VvPfUJuqvH
— Sherylynn (@Sherylynn_R) 1668452952000
The last words Johnny Depp spoke as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales. “I have a re… https://t.co/SUviN2DShq
— Jen ☠️ ⚔ ☠️ (@No_Reason_Jenz) 1668448621000
#NoJohnnyNoPirates That’s it that’s the tweet https://t.co/IhwDteQJEe
— Izze (@Izze1122) 1668474134000
Johnny Depp MADE Pirates of the Caribbean what it is today. He CARRIED that franchise. It’s only fitting this would… https://t.co/tR1ntGucg7
— mandi ✨The Depp Effect ~ “Cosmic Fiasco” (@thedeppeffect) 1668468211000
My Captain. ☠️♥️☠️#NoJohnnyNoPirates https://t.co/Ne68TpqIF7
— Arwen sparrow ☠️ (@An_elf_pirate) 1668448523000
It’s great to see this trending! I would never see a Pirates of the Caribbean movie without Johnny Depp! He IS the… https://t.co/UBh3yKSTOy
— Lily Magick (@LilyMagick2022) 1668439376000
The message has been sent.#NoJohnnyNoPirates #JusticeforJohnnyDepp https://t.co/YiG3wZTXKM
— ☠️ willy wonka matters ☠️ (@wonkamatters) 1668461300000
☠️ There is no Pirates of the Caribbean without Johnny Depp, and there never will be#NoJohnnyNoPirates https://t.co/KPcGXwf1LA
— Johnny Depp BR (@deppbrazilfc) 1668448441000
While #NoJohnnyNoPirates, ‘Captain Jack Sparrow’ & ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ are all trending, here’s a reminder t… https://t.co/oXcx5HcgS6
— Arwen sparrow ☠️ (@An_elf_pirate) 1668467770000
In the summer of 2020, the report claimed that Robbie’s ‘Pirates’ was in early development at Disney along with a second reboot written by franchise veteran Ted Elliott and Craig Mazin. At the time, Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced all five ‘Pirates’ movies starring Johnny Depp, was attached to both new projects.
Variety had also reported that Bruckheimer said that both films were in development and confirmed that the franchise’s future currently didn’t have involvement of Depp despite rumours suggesting so.
Meanwhile, the previous ‘Pirates’ movies, all starring Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, grossed USD 1.5 billion in the USA and USD 3.07 billion internationally, with the North American market representing a progressively smaller share.