It was announced today that Warner Bros. Studios has asked Johnny Depp to leave the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film franchise. Details were not given as to why but many speculate that his personal battles with ex-wife Amber Heard were behind the decision.
Depp joined the franchise in 2016 as the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald to the surprise of many fans. Depp would reprised that role in 2018‘s Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them: The Crimes of Grindelwald. The third film, presumably, would feature the showdown between Grindelwald and Jude Law’s Albus Dumbledore as detailed in the Harry Potter book series. No details have been given as to which direction Warner Bros. will take moving forward but Depp did issue a statement on his Instagram page:
In what seemed a hopeless dream, Universal announced plans that they were no longer going to pursue their remakes of the original monster movies. But news broke today that Universal is handing the reigns over to horror juggernaut Blumhouse Productions. With a plethora of options to choose from Blumhouse announced they were beginning with the 1933 classic The Invisible Man.
Further detailing the announcement Leight Whannel will be directing the production. Whannel the co-creator of the Saw, and Insidious franchise. Recently breaking out solo with the film Upgrade, Whannel will also be overseeing as a producer. Previously Johnny Depp was attached to star, but with this transition Depp is no longer attached to the project. Other attached talent to the remakes include Javier Bordem, and Russel Crowe.
No release date has been announced, we will report further details as they break.
Disney has released the trailer to the fifth and final installment in it’s wildly successful Pirates of the Caribbean saga. Aptly titled “Dead Men Tell No Tales”, the trailer opens on a ship sailing into a very ominous cave where the crew runs afoul of Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) and his his ghostly crew of fellow pirates. (I’m assuming they are all dead since one of them is missing half of his face, but if it turns out to be a disability of some sort, I will apologize at a later date!) As Salazar clumps below deck to confront a survivor, he picks up a wanted poster of Jack Sparrow and issues an ominous warning about death coming for Sparrow.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales hits theaters May 26th, 2017 and will see the return of Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Kevin McNally, and Orlando Bloom as they are joined by series newcomers Javier Bardem and Kaya Scodelario. Will this be the last run for Captain Jack Sparrow or will his legend run eternal?