Why are pirates awesome? Because they Arrrrr!! So awesome in fact, that Johnny Depp is keen to come back for a fifth installment of the massively successful Pirates of the Caribbean series. It looks like he might have to find an island somewhere to bury his treasure, though, as Depp is reported to be getting $116 million for reprising his role as Captain Jack Sparrow.
According to British tabloid The Sun, these well-paid roles in the Pirates franchise allow Depp the freedom to pick and choose his other projects more carefully:
Johnny is being very careful he does not sign on for too many films. He doesn’t want to ruin his career with overexposure like John Travolta or Nic Cage did. This huge deal for Pirates means he will be able to pick his other roles very carefully on the strength of their script rather than their salary.
Shiver me timbers! That is a lot of money for a few months’ work, but if it allows Depp to pick and choose his future with movies more discretion, then I won’t complain. Plus, after his recent separation from long-term partner Vanessa Paradis, someone has to support their two kids.
Jerry Bruckheimer confirmed last year that a script for Pirates 5 is in the works, but no other details are known at this time. Having encountered Davy Jones, the Flying Dutchman, the Kraken and the Fountain of Youth, I wonder what story arc Pirates of the Caribbean 5 will take? I was a massive fan of the first movie, which brought pirates to the silver screen in a way that hadn’t been seen since the Golden Age of Hollywood. I felt, though, that the two sequels — Dead Man’s Chest and At World’s End — were overly ambitious, bloated affairs that lost sight of what made the first movie so great — the comic interplay between the characters. On Stranger Tides went someway to rectifying this, giving us a more stripped down, more Depp led movie. Let’s hope the new one can be even better.