After being fired from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise in 2018, Johnny Depp is apparently planning to “return” to the series.
Depp played the main character in five Pirates movies over the previous 15 years, and in the 2017 film Dead Men Tell No Tales, he embarked on what was reportedly his last journey aboard the Black Pearl.
After winning his defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard, the actor, 59, has reportedly been in talks with Disney over a “$300 million agreement,” according to a source who spoke to Poptopic.
According to the insider, Disney has just contacted Depp in an effort to mend their broken relationship.
Before the actor’s defamation trial against Amber Heard, they contacted him and inquired about his willingness in returning for one or two more pirate movies, they claimed.
The source also mentioned that Disney Plus is planning another initiative. According to reports, an agreement has been reached for Johnny Depp to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean 6 and a spin-off Disney Plus series portraying the Captain of the Black Pearl’s early years.
They continued: ‘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.’
The $301 Million Deal
The media company is apparently working on a “$301 million deal” to persuade Depp to return soon, and as a gesture of goodwill, they are also believed to be adding a “sizeable payment” to a charity of Depp’s choice.
The Edward Scissorhands actor earlier declared to the jury that he would never again collaborate with Disney after being dropped from the sixth Pirates film.
His legal team asserts that Depp missed out on a $22 million payout as a result of Heard’s 2018 Washington Post op-ed, which did not specifically name Depp but did characterise him as a domestic abuser.
With Disney executives, Depp claimed he felt like he was “guilty until proven innocent.”
Depp filed a lawsuit against Heard due to her op-ed in which she identified herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.”
All three of Depp’s claims relating to certain remarks in the 2018 essay were upheld by the jury.