Disney is reportedly considering making a sixth Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
In a recent interview with Kendall Talks TV, Lee Arenberg, who played Pintel in the first three installments of the film series, seemingly confirmed that there’s truth to reports saying that the Mickey Mouse company is thinking of producing another Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
“They’re definitely talking about it, as far as I know,” Arenberg said. When asked about the possibility of reprising his role as Pintel alongside his onscreen buddy Mackenzie Crook who portrayed Ragetti, Arenberg answered: “I mean yeah, of course, obviously. But they’ve already done two [movies] without us. I love it, though, I love that part.”
“But it’s not up to me,” Arenberg added. “It’s something to talk about during a pandemic.”
News of a potential sixth movie isn’t really surprising as the post-credit scene of the fifth movie, Dead Men Tell No Tale, revealed the return of the cursed Davy Jones (Bill Nighy), who was previously vanquished in the third film, At World’s End, through the joint efforts of Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), and his wife Elizabeth (Kiera Knightley).
Before Dead Men Tell No Tales was released in 2017, director Joachim Rønning also described it as “the beginning of the finale,” suggesting that there’s at least one more movie to completely wrap up the series.
For some reason, in 2018, Disney hired Deadpool screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to develop a possible reboot without franchise star Depp. “We want to bring in a new energy and vitality. I love the [Pirates] movies, but part of the reason Paul and Rhett are so interesting is that we want to give it a kick in the pants. And that’s what I’ve tasked them with,” Walt Disney Studios president of production Sean Bailey told The Hollywood Reporter that year.
In February 2019, however, both Reese and Wernick exited the project, and by October of that year, Disney tapped Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin to reboot the franchise with Ted Elliott, who co-wrote the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies with writing partner Terry Rossio. It’s not yet clear if the reboot would include Depp.