Johnny Depp’s erratic personal life is reportedly worrying Disney[Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for People’s Choice Awards]
Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge is headed to cinemas this summer but according to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio is worried the film could lose money at the box office.
That’s because of leading star Johnny Depp, who over the last year has been the centre of a media storm concerning his split from Amber Heard and lawsuits over his dwindling wealth.
THR writes, “studio execs worry that Depp’s personal peccadilloes could impact the marketing of their $230 million-budget tentpole and future of a $3.7 billion box-office franchise.”
Johnny Depp returns as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge [Disney]
Johnny’s last Disney film, Alice Through the Looking Glass, lost hundreds of millions of dollars for Disney and the studio is said to be concerned that Pirates 5 won’t earn the same amount as the last film in the franchise.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides earned $1 billion internationally upon its 2011 release.
Over the years, Johnny’s box office draw has been dwindling with high-profile flops Transendence and Mortdecai to his name.
Keira Knightley returns as Elizabeth Swan in Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge [Disney]
His alleged erratice behaviour has not helped things either, with on-set sources telling The Hollywood Reporter stories “of excessive drinking, physical fights with Heard and constant lateness on set, which often left hundreds of extras waiting for hours at a time.”
“There were certainly days when our plans were challenged,” says Disney executive Sean Bailey. “But no one should underestimate Johnny’s passion and commitment to this character and franchise.”
With Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley returning after a ten year absence, and the addition of Javier Bardem, Disney are hoping this latest film could see the continuation of the Pirates franchise in films to come.
Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is out on May 26
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