Johnny Depp is rarely not busy. But even he can’t be in two places at once. Which means that Walt Disney Pictures has to make a decision regarding which Depp-vehicle to move forward with: the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean or The Lone Ranger, which Disney snagged the rights to in 2007 with help from producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
When HitFix recently spoke to Bruckheimer though, it became clear that The Lone Ranger would be taking a backseat.
“I think for Disney it will mostly be Pirates, obviously,” said Brukcheimer. “That’s a great franchise for them and for us too. Beloved, with a great character and Johnn’s really excited about coming back to Captain Jack.”
Bruckheimer wouldn’t rule out a return of Gore Verbinski, who directed the original trilogy, either. Though Verbinski had stepped down from directing the next Pirate film so that he could focus on his next project, BioShock, that video game adaptation now appears to be stuck in development.
“[Verbinski] created the franchise,” he said. “He had a lot to add to that, but it’s going to be up to him.”