Pirates of the Caribbean reboot will get a “kick in the pants” without Johnny Depp

Does this mean Depp's definitely out of the franchise?

Disney’s film chief appears to have confirmed that Johnny Depp will not appear in the Pirates of the Caribbean reboot, which will have “a new energy and vitality.”

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Sean Bailey inferred that Depp is out of the franchise following rumours in October that the actor will be left out of upcoming productions.

Johnny Depp arrives for a Q&A during the ‘Richard Says Goodbye’ premiere during the 14th Zurich Film Festival at Festival Centre on October 05, 2018 in Zurich, Switzerland

Bailey confirmed that Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are working on a new Pirates film.

“We want to bring in a new energy and vitality,” he said. “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.”

The “kick in the pants” seems to refer to a fresh start – one we assume is without Depp, who starred as Captain Jack Sparrow in the original five movies.

A writer in the film franchise, Stuart Beattie, in October spoke about the idea of Depp not returning.

“I think he’s had a great run,” he told DailyMailTV. “Obviously, he’s made that character his own and it’s become the character he’s most famous for now.”And kids all over the world love him as that character so I think it’s been great for him, it’s been great for us, so I’m just very, very happy about it.”