Johnny Depp, Pirates of the Caribbean, Captain Jack Sparrow

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Disney has invoked the right of parley with Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

Those guys wrote "Zombieland" and the first two "Deadpool" movies (which were all rated R). Now they are in early talks to write a script for a reboot of Disney's PG-13 "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise.

That's the scoop from Deadline. The site added that Jerry Bruckheimer would continue to produce the films. That's basically all the intel they had, but more drips and drabs will surely leak out as this moves forward.

The billion dollar question is whether Johnny Depp would be involved. It's a reboot, but who knows what that might mean in terms of cast or story.

Would Disney be disinclined to acquiesce to fans' request for more (Captain) Jack Sparrow?

Yeah, he can be controversial -- and the James Gunn situation showed how little Disney wants to be even semi-controversial -- but Depp is also their "Pirates" cash cow. Does this franchise work (make $$$) without him?

The most recent film with Depp's Sparrow -- the fifth film in the series, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" -- was released in 2017 and made just under $800 million worldwide. That sounds damn good but it was the second-lowest grossing movie in the series. It was also panned by critics and only got lukewarm user reviews from viewers.

Back in August, rumors spread -- via The GWW -- that Disney was still moving forward on "Pirates of the Caribbean 6." They said "Dead Men Tell No Tales" co-director Joachim Rønning might return, with a script seeming to be in progress by writers Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, and Jeff Nathanson.

No idea what's going on with that, or how it -- if it happens -- it could relate to this reboot idea. Just grab some rum (unless it's gone again) and stay tuned.

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