Last fall, we brought you the news that Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin had been hired by Disney to reboot the once-behemoth Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. At the time, it was simply reported that Mazin had been tasked with “developing a story for a new Pirates adventure feature.”
Those reports have gained some steam in recent weeks, as reports now indicate that Mazin has been writing a reboot of the franchise and that the Mouse House is currently eyeing someone like Karen Gillan to star in the film.
According to insider Daniel Richtman, the studio is going the reboot route, and are currently looking for a female lead, and one name at the top of Disney’s list to lead the reboot is Avengers: Endgame and Jumanji: The Next Level star Karen Gillan. As of now, it is unknown if the actress has had any formal talks with the studio, but the studio is definitely interested.
Though fan speculation will go wild now that Gillan’s name has been mentioned, there could be a possibility that the film will look to be centered on Redd, the popular female pirate featured in the Disney Parks attraction and is a meet-and-greet character.
Back in October, Disney tapped Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin and Ted Elliot, who wrote the previous Pirates films, to find a fresh new direction for the franchise. Jerry Bruckheimer and Chad Oman will produce. [via The Disinsider]
While the most recent entry in the franchise — 2017’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales — was certainly financially viable (it made over $750 million worldwide), it was easily the worst of the five Pirates movies, making it clear that the franchise was in need of a new direction.
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