By Dave Campbell | September 21, 2009
As of last week, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise seemed to be sailing right along at the Disney D23 Expo. Disney Chairman Dick Cook and Johnny Depp (in full Jack Sparrow costume) announced the new subtitle to the 4th Pirates picture: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. The two also revieled a sneak peek into the plot, where Captain Jack Sparrow will set off on a new adventure in search of the Fountain Of Youth.
However, later in the week it was announced that Dick Cook would no longer be the Chairman of Disney. This sudden loss of Cook from the studio has rubbed Mr. Depp the wrong way, and could have a major effect on the film. Depp is now personally casting doubts on the status a new sequel and expressing a lack of passion with Cook no longer attached.
Over the weekend he called the LA Times, to react to Cook’s departure, by saying,
“There’s a fissure, a crack in my enthusiasm at the moment… It was all born in that (Dick Cook’s) office.”
“When things went a little sideways on the first ‘Pirates’ movie and others at the studio were less than enthusiastic about my interpretation of the character, Dick was there from the first moment. He trusted me, while some of the Disney executives were opposed to my body language, Cook was completely supportive of me. He’s instantly trustworthy. And you generally don’t meet people at the studios you trust. He’s a rare beast.”
Depp continued by explaining that he has a provisional deal in place for the film, but that it will depend on how good the script is for him to fully commit. With Depp’s loyalty and need for creative control, it will be interesting to see if Disney can keep the driving force of their series alive. Without Depp aka Captain Jack Sparrow, there is no reason for Disney to continue.