Margot Robbie And ‘Birds Of Prey’ Writer Set Sail For New ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ Film

Margot Robbie is setting sail for a new franchise, and she’s bringing her Birds of Prey writer Christina Hodson along with her.  THR reports Robbie will star in a new female-led Pirates of the Caribbean film, with Hodson writing the script. While the ‘Pirates’ franchise has seemed to be on the skids lately, it’s actually getting much bigger.

This new film from Robbie and Hodson isn’t going to be a spinoff of the movies that starred Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow. It’s designed to be a totally separate thing, with new characters and new stories, all under the Pirates of the Caribbean banner.

So what does this mean for the movie being developed by series writer Ted Elliott and Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin? Well, nothing. Both movies are developing independently from one another, so the franchise is actually expanding. Karen Gillan’s name had been mentioned to lead whatever the next film is to be, but it’s unclear if that rumor is dead, or if maybe that was about this project that ultimately went to Robbie, and not the Elliott/Mazin one?

So if they’ve got Robbie to front this new movie, does that hurt or help the possible return of Johnny Depp on the other one? Bruckheimer refuses to say anything about Depp, so I guess we’ll have to see what surfaces over the coming months.

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.