Pirates of the Caribbean tragedy: Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow ‘will be killed off-screen’

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Depp’s career has run aground in devastating fashion over the past few months. His highly publicised split from wife Amber Heard was overshadowed by accusations of domestic violence. When he sued The Sun newspaper for referring to him as a “wife-beater”, Hollywood executives were watching closely. When he lost the case earlier this month, it was swiftly followed by his exit from the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them franchise. Is the same about to happen in Pirates of the Caribbean?

Legendary Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer helmed the franchise from the start and is reported to be fighting for his leading man.

However, Disney is apparently ready to drop Depp immediately – while also pragmatically leaving a way for him to return if his reputation and box office clout is restored one day.

A new report said: “Pirates franchise will write off Depp by saying Sparrow died off-screen but as long as you don’t see a body he could maybe come back in the future.”

The news follows reports today that Depp will still receive his full wage from the third Fantastic Beasts movie, despite barely having worked on it.

It said: “Still, Warner Bros. will be on the hook for Depp’s full salary, even though he only had shot one scene since production began on September 20 in London.

“Like many A-list stars, Depp had a so-called pay-or-play contract, which requires that he be fully compensated whether or not the film is made and even if it is recast.”

Since Depp’s character, Gellert Grindelwald, is still alive and very central to the franchise, the role will definitely need to be recast.

It was already played by Colin Farrell in the first movie before he shed his ‘disguise’ to reveal Depp’s character.

As for Depp’s wage, it is said to be at least ten million dollars.

The Hollywood Reporter added: “The next Fantastic Beasts entry is described as a three-hander, with Depp, Jude Law and Eddie Redmayne sharing equal screen time.

“But with an eight-figure salary, Depp is the highest earner of the three thanks to his box office track record that had been buoyed by the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.”

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