Last month, Robbie told Vanity Fair that her female-led ‘Pirates’ project at Disney has been put on hold, saying:
“We had an idea and we were developing it for a while, ages ago, to have more of a female-led, not totally female-led, but just a different kind of story which we thought would’ve been really cool,But I guess they don’t want to do it.”
It turns out, however, that this isn’t the case, as Bruckheimer, the producer of the franchise is reversing these remarks. In an interview with Collider, Bruckheimer said that the fate of the female-led film is certainly not set in stone.
“I think that that script will come forward at a certain point,” Bruckheimer told Collider. “We developed two different stories for ‘Pirates’ and the other one’s going forward first, so that’s what we’re working on, to try to get that one made.”
As Bruckheimer explained, they were simultaneously writing another upcoming Pirates film parallel to the female-led film but decided to put Robbie’s film on hold in order to continue to produce the other project.
My Speculation: What does this mean?
I believe Warner Bros. has an idea to plan a crossover event between Johnny Depp and Margot Robbie at some point in the future, once the studio has finished the solo female-led films for Margot Robbie. I have no idea but it makes sense to me that it is this way, as it would be unwise to omit Depp from the franchise and replace him with Margot Robbie. It would make far more sense to me if the studios paved the way for both of them to star together in the future magnum opus film, and that would be their best shot at making billions.