I like the original Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy even though the movies get more ridiculous as they go along. Part of the reason I like them is that despite putting Cook Islands cannibals in the middle of the Caribbean and having Jack Sparrow swing around like Spider-Man, there’s still a worthwhile emotional core with Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) going through character arcs with Jack as the wild card. Once you put Jack front-and-center, you lose the firm ground for the rest of your movie.
Having Jack as the lead character in On Stranger Tides was one of the movie’s many problems, and I’m not entirely optimistic about the upcoming sequel Dead Men Tell No Tales. However, Bloom says he could be returning, and the film might be a soft reboot. Hit the jump for more. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales opens July 7, 2017.
Bloom tells IGN:
“I’m not entirely sure that [I’ll be back] just yet, but there are talks,” he said. “Basically they want to reboot the whole franchise, I think, and do something with me and the relationship with my son.
“I’m of course Davey [sic] Jones now, so I’m down the bottom of the ocean. It might be kind of fun to do something where I’m rumbling round the bottom of the ocean, because I won’t look anything like me. [Gestures to face] Get all gnarly.”
That would be an odd turn because in the mythology set up by the previous films, you only turn “all gnarly” if you don’t perform your duty of ferrying souls. That’s why in the post-credits scene in At World’s End, Will still looks normal after working on the Flying Dutchman for seven years. So unless he’s abandoned his post, he’d still be quite handsome.
More than Will Turner, the reboot needs to move Jack back to a semi-supporting role, and I don’t know if Depp would be willing to do that. Disney would probably have a problem with that change as well considering that On Stranger Tides made over $1 billion worldwide. Will Turner’s presence may be good storytelling, but Jack Sparrow is good business.