Editor’s Note: Since this article was published Johnny Depp’s management has refuted claims the actor is considering reprising his role for $310 million.
Could a new story involving Jack Sparrow be coming back to a screen near you?
New reports indicate Disney is offering Johnny Depp more than $300 million to return to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. The move comes shortly after a jury found that Depp’s ex-wife, Amber Heard defamed him in a 2008 op-ed about domestic abuse– which is rumored to be a contributing factor to Depp being let go from the Disney role.
The Daily Wire reports:
An insider told the Australian outlet Poptopic that Disney is “very interested in patching up their relationship with Johnny Depp. They reached out to the actor prior to his defamation trial against Amber Heard and asked whether he would be interested in returning for another ‘Pirates’ film or two.”
“I know corporate sent him a gift basket with a very heartfelt letter, but I’m unsure how it was received,” the source alleged. “But what I can tell you is that the studio has already penned up a draft for a film about Jack Sparrow — so they are very hopeful that Johnny will forgive them and return as his iconic character.”
According to Poptopic’s insider, the company is “prepping a deal for USD$301 million deal that will include a sizable donation to a charity of Depp’s choice. The deal is reportedly for Johnny Depp to return as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean 6 and a spin-off Disney Plus series about the early life of the Captain of The Black Pearl.”
During the defamation trial, Depp and his legal team repeatedly emphasized to the court that the actor filed the suit to clear his name, not necessarily for the money. The verdict found Heard culpable of defaming Depp by way of her damning Washington Post op-ed about domestic violence.