Since Margot Robbie’s Pirates of the Caribbean project has been declared dead, much less is in the way of a Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean 6 starring Johnny Depp.  

The Pirates of the Caribbean spinoff starring Margot Robbie, which was first announced in June 2020, has been in limbo for more than two years. But the actor recently revealed that the project was scrapped because Disney was not interested. 

This brings up the Jack Sparrow issue from the Pirates of the Caribbean films: without Johnny Depp’s antihero, the series lacks an anchor, and there is no way to get Depp back after his widely reported departure. 

Robbie’s departure, however, eliminates a potential obstacle to the creation of a Depp-led Pirates of the Caribbean 6 and makes Depp’s return seem more feasible than ever before. 

In May 2022, producer Jerry Bruckheimer revealed that two more Pirates of the Caribbean films, the Robbie spinoff, and an unconnected sixth film were all in the works.  

Disney would be less likely to need Johnny Depp’s star power to propel the brand if the Robbie-led reboot was still in production, but now that it doesn’t, it appears more probable that Jack Sparrow will return. 

The likelihood of Johnny Depp reprising his role as Captain Jack Sparrow has not appeared promising in recent years due to the actor’s highly public legal dispute with Amber Heard and his accompanying career decline.  

Robbie’s Pirates of the Caribbean movie being cancelled, though, makes the possibility much more likely. 

The Pirates of the Caribbean series lacks any television spinoffs, an expanded universe, or other related media successes that would suggest the franchise can continue without Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow.