Disney is giving the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise a major overhaul and have enlisted Harley Quinn actress, Margot Robbie, to lead the franchise in a new, female centric (and Jack Sparrow-less) direction.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project is in early development and will be separate from the previously-announced reboot by Pirates writer Ted Elliott and creator Craig Mazin. However, both films will be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.
Though plot details have not been released, the outlet reports the movie is not “intended to be a spinoff of the long-running franchise” and is a “wholly original story with new characters under the Pirates moniker.”
The project is still in the early stages of its development and so it will likely be a long time before it gets an official release date—especially amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which continues to affect film and TV productions.
Christina Hodson as the writer of the film doesn’t exactly have me thrilled given her mishandling of the Harley Quinn character in Birds of Prey. Hodson received praise for her work on the Transformer spin-off film, Bumblebee but after BoP, I am wondering if Bumblebee was just a fluke. After all the Transformers Michael Bay films were garbage so anything different was welcomed by fans. Hopefully Disney can capture lightning in a bottle again with a new retooled Pirates movie. Robbie is a great actor with a huge following, but if BoP proved anything Robbie needs a solid script and a competent director who know what they are doing.
Many hope the new movie will bring back Kiera Knightley who appeared in four out of five Pirates installments. (BTW, Knightley was only 17 years old when she played Elizabeth for the first film, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Orlando Bloom, who played her love interest Will Turner was in his mid-twenties.)
“Margot Robbie and Keira Knightley together in the Pirates of the Caribbean reboot. I would like to see it,” one fan wrote on Twitter.