Deadline is exclusively reporting that Disney’s film production chief Sean Bailey’s efforts to reboot and relaunch the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has been halted for the moment due to the departure of Deadpool writing duo Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
The original film, released in 2003, focused on a young girl named Elizabeth Swann, whilst on board HMS Dauntless, discover a shipwreck with a sole survivor named Will Turner, floating among the wreckage, where finds a gold medallion around his neck and takes it and hides it. Eight years later, Elizabeth Swann takes a tumble into the bay and the medallion emits a mysterious pulse through the water. This in turn brings forward The Black Pearl, helmed by Captain Barbossa and his cursed crew, who are doomed for eternity to neither live nor die, unless a blood sacrifice is made, with Will Turner, now a blacksmith, will join forces with pirate Captain Jack Sparrow to save Elizabeth from Barbossa and his crew, with Sparrow having his own personal reasons for getting involved.
The writing duo were attached to the project back in October, with Bailey being vocal in his excitement for the potential reboot, believing that the duo would give the franchise a much-need ‘kick in the pants’.
The report states that their insiders are divided on what the studio will do next. Some are telling them that a search is underway for a worthy writing replacement, whilst others believe that this is the final nail in the franchises coffin and Disney will hang it up for good.