Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Excited about Johnny Depp in 'Pirates 4'? Mmmm not so fast there...

For several months now Disney has been dragging Johnny Depp in his POC costume out in front of every audience they could. This was to tell everyone that they could that Johnny was coming back and so was the cash machine. The most recent time was a couple of weeks ago at the D23 convention in Anaheim. As fans screamed the Disney execs could see the billions of dollars in their mind already....then something happened. Very sudden, and unexpectedly, the Disney Studio chief Dick Cook announced he had left the company. Not "was" leaving, or "will" be retiring. He resigned. (In Hollywood speak he walked out or was fired. He has denied being fired. Contrary to that, some Disney employees have told the LA Times that Dick was summoned into the office of Disney head honcho Bob Iger where he was told that the company was going in a different direction.) Here's the problem for Disney.. Johnny did the POC movies because of Dick Cook. He didn't even read a script. He told the Los Angeles Times:

"He's instantly trustworthy. And you generally don't meet people at the studios you trust," Depp said. "He's a rare beast."
Depp really like Cook a lot. There was a lot of trust there. Some of you may be thinking, "Well that doesn't mean that he won't do the movies...he's already agreed." Not so fast. He has signed no deal, which means that he could back out.

As for the fourth planned "Pirates" movie, Depp said while he has a potential deal in place that will depend on how good the script is, his passion for the project at the moment has been severely dampened by the news that Cook will no longer be around.

"There's a fissure, a crack in my enthusiasm at the moment," Depp said. "It was all born in that office."

If Johnny is going to do this movie, Disney is now going to pay steeep. Not only in cash, but in the hoops he's going to make them jump through to get him. And if he doesn't like the script he could potentially use that as a reason to drop out. This franchise really does depend on Johnny being in it. Without him, there are no pirates, mate. And this isn't the only issue to come out of it. According to MTV News StevenItalic Spielberg isn't too happy with this either. Besides money, Dick Cook was a big reason for Spielberg bringing DreamWork's to Disney. The question now is where will Cook head to next? (Ahem...Universal..cough..Universal Studios) I'm only speculating, because that's what keeps me from getting sued.

Thoughts?

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