Bruckheimer addressed the issue during a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
“I would love to have him in the movie. He’s a friend, a terrific actor and it’s unfortunate that personal lives creep into everything we do,” the 79-year-old studio executive confirmed.
The interviewer asked whether Disney would agree to have Depp “front and center” after he won the defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard. The actor was allegedly let go from the franchise after Heard’s abuse claims went public.
“You’d have to ask them,” he replied. “I can’t answer that question. I really don’t know.” Bruckheimer did say that it would be impossible to lose the film’s most popular character. As for whether they were planning to kill off Jack Sparrow, he said, “You can’t. We tried to kill him. It didn’t work.”
But even if Bruckheimer would have him, it seems unlikely that Depp would return to the franchise so easily. The actor testified under oath during the defamation trial that he “would not take another ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise role for $300 million and a million alpacas.”
He had previously expressed hurt and anger over being dropped by Disney when the abuse claims went public.
“Captain Jack Sparrow was a character I built from the ground up and was something that I, of course, put a lot of [myself] into the character and also having worked on these films with these people and added much of myself, much of my own re-writing of the dialogue and scenes and jokes,” Depp said at the time.
“I didn’t quite understand how, after that long relationship and quite a successful relationship certainly for Disney, that suddenly I was guilty until proven innocent,” he continued.
Depp’s rep denied rumors from earlier this year that he was returning to “Pirates.”
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