Disney Developing ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Reboot with ‘Chernobyl’ Creator Craig Mazin

The Pirates of the Caribbean are ready to set sail once again.

Disney is developing a Pirates reboot, and has tapped veteran Pirates writer Ted Elliott and Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin to pen the script. The news, which comes from THR, states that Disney is hoping to breathe new life into the franchise, especially after the last two earned lackluster reviews (but achieved commercial success).

The move to reboot the franchise also comes on the heels of series star Johnny Depp’s continuous controversies on and off the screen. Following Pirates 5, Disney all but confirmed that it had cut ties with Depp, and that he would not be apart of any future Pirates movies.

The news of a Pirates reboot first came a number of months ago, when Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were hired to write a script that was designed to “give it a kick in the pants,” according to Disney. The duo eventually departed the project, leaving the state of the new film unknown.

Franchise mainstay Jerry Bruckheimer is expected to once again be at the helm as producer. Ted Elliot has co-penned every single Pirates film, dating back to Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl in 2003. Craig Mazin is best known as the writer behind Scary Movie and The Hangover trilogy, as recently received critical acclaim for his work on HBO’s Chernobyl. 

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