Margot Robbie says her ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ spin-off was canceled by Disney


It’s not a pirate’s life for Margot Robbie after all. The Oscar nominee said the “Pirates of the Caribbean” spin-off she was set to star in has been cancelled.

Robbie said work had stopped on the planned “Pirates” movie because Disney didn’t want to move forward with it, according to his Vanity Fair cover story. He had been working on the film with writer Christina Hodson, who wrote the script for Robbie’s Harley Quinn film, Birds of Prey.

“We had an idea and we were developing it for a while, years ago, to have more of a female-led story, not totally female-led, but just a different kind of story, which we thought would have been really cool, but I guess they don’t want to do that,” Robbie said, referring to Disney.

Robbie and Hodson were first attached to the project in June 2020, one of two planned “Pirates” movies, the Hollywood Reporter said at the time. The producer of the film series, Jerry Bruckheimer, confirmed Robbie’s participation in May of this year.

The original “Pirates” film series was loosely inspired by the Disney theme park ride of the same name and starred Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. Depp starred in all five, with Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom and Geoffrey Rush in supporting roles. The films grossed more than $4.52 billion worldwide, per CNBC, making it one of the most successful film franchises of all time.

But the reviews grew colder as the series progressed, and as Depp’s public reputation suffered, so did the potential for future films starring Sparrow.

A reboot of the series (separate from the canceled spin-off starring Robbie) has been in development since 2019, with original series writer Ted Elliott and HBO’s “Chernobyl” creator Craig Mazin. Bruckheimer told the Times this year that Depp would likely not star in future “Pirates” movies, though “the future is still to be decided.”

Robbie, meanwhile, is leading another studio: next year’s highly anticipated adaptation of “Barbie,” directed by Greta Gerwig. He will also star in a prequel to “Ocean’s Eleven,” which will also reportedly star Ryan Gosling.

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