‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ Reboot Sets Sail With ‘Chernobyl’ Writer Craig Mazin

The ship hasn’t sailed on Pirates of the Caribbean just yet, and with the franchise making billions for Disney over the years, who really thought it had? A sixth movie is definitely moving forward, a reboot that’ll probably be without any sign of Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow, but production stalled when Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick jumped ship. So Disney is going in a different direction, with a brand new story they hope will steer the franchise into fresh waters.

THR reports veteran Pirates scribe Ted Elliot and  Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin have been hired to pen a new story, although it’s too early to tell how connected it will be to the earlier movies. The franchise has earned Disney over $4B worldwide, with Elliot having a big role in that as writer of the first four movies. Jerry Bruckheimer will return as producer. Mazin also wrote the final two Hangover films, and has a writing credit on the upcoming Charlie’s Angels.

Let’s keep it real, these movies ain’t goin’ nowhere as long as they keep hauling in treasure for Disney. 2017’s Dead Men Tell No Tales was the lowest-grossing yet, and it still made $794M. As the Fantastic Beasts folks will tell you, having Depp in your movie is a sure way to tank the bottom line. Maybe kicking him out to sea is just what is needed for a rebound.

Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.