Actress and producer Margot Robbie and screenwriter Christina Hodson are reteaming to develop a new Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Hot off their previous collaboration, cult hit Birds of Prey.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Troubled Waters
Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is one of the studio’s most divisive brands. On the one hand the first three films are some of the biggest box office success stories of all time, especially for such a risky film. On the other hand the fourth and fifth films were financial disappointments. As a result of all this is that Disney has been exploring rebooting the Pirates of the Pirates franchise with a new lead. They initially tapped Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to develop a script that eventually fell apart. Then Disney teamed Chernobyl writer Craig Mazin with original Pirates writer Ted Elliott to develop a reboot. Last we heard this project was moving along well and, according to Disinsider, was looking as Karen Gillan to star.
Pirates of the Caribbean: A New Hope
According to the Hollywood Reporter Disney is developing a second Pirates of the Caribbean reboot. Separate from the Craig Mazin and Ted Elliott film. This second reboot film will star Margot Robbie who will most likely also produce. Christina Hodson, writer of Bumblebee, Birds of Prey and the upcoming Flash film, is attached to write the film. It’s too early in development for plot details but we do know that the film will be female centered. This fits with Robbie’s goals as a producer and themes of Hodson’s writing. Jerry Bruckheimer, who has produced every previous installment of the franchise, will return to produce both reboots.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of Diminishing Box Office
The original Pirates of the Caribbean film is one of Disney’s biggest box office success stories. And is to date one of the companies biggest blockbuster brands. Modern audiences treat the brand with a fondness for what it was, balanced with a cynicism of what it has become. A Margot Robbie reboot would be beneficial for all the parties involved. Robbie, with her production company Lucky Chap, have acquired the rights to numerous potential blockbusters and are involved in many franchises. From DC on film to recently acquiring the rights to Tank Girl. For Disney creating two reboots of Pirates of the Caribbean is a way to spread the risk around. Counting in at least one to be a hit, and provide a direction for the franchise to go in.