No Jack Sparrow For Pirates 4?

Johnny Depp 'considering his position' after Dick Cook's exit


In the wake of Dick Cook's departure from Disney, Depp has gone on record stating Cook was the only reason he'd signed on to a fourth Pirates, and now will wait to read the script before confirming his return.

The film, recently announced as Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, is set to be directed by Chicago helmer Rob Marshall and is slated for a 2011 release.

The script is currently being written by Ted Eliot and Terry Rossio, the pair behind the first three.

Losing Depp would would be a massive blow to the studio, who has helped the Pirates films gross over $2 billion worldwide.

Cook was regarded as one of the most beloved studio chiefs in Hollywood, a man whose working relationships with actors and producers has led to a massively successful run since he became chairman in 2002.

He was responsible for forging Disney's relationship with Jerry Bruckheimer, overseeing the purchase of Pixar, bringing Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks into the Disney family and persuading Johnny Depp to star in Pirates of the Caribbean.

Would you still see a Depp-free Pirates? Think that Disney is losing its way? Share your thoughts.


    • Al Dente

      Sep 21st 2009, 12:56

      Without knowing the full details regarding his departure, it's impossible to say anything for sure, but it does seem monumentally for a Pirates 4 without Depp, then they shouldn't bother...he's the sole reason why the films worked so well in the first place

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    • RaveyDaveyGravy

      Sep 21st 2009, 13:15

      after the c**p of pirates 2 and 3 there is not much that would get me to pay money and see 4

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    • Ali1748

      Sep 21st 2009, 13:19

      Without Depp the movie will fail so I am sure Disney will fed ex a bag of cash to France to make sure johnny dons the dreadlocks again.

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    • LUKA2906

      Sep 23rd 2009, 14:31

      NO DEPP - NO PRATES I think disney understands that without DEPP this movie's gonna be big fail. they won't make Pirates if DEPP isn't in it

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    • vfrtjryan

      Sep 23rd 2009, 16:42

      Have to agree with LUKA - NO DEPP - No PIRATES - I know I won't be watching - I have Loved all 3 Pirates movies - the would be a huge mistake for Disney - hoping Johnny will love the script!

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