Disney's planned reboot of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has hit a major behind-the-scenes snag, as screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese have reportedly left the project.
The writing team behind both Deadpool films and 2009's Zombieland, as well as its upcoming sequel, had first signed on to the project this past October with the intention of reinvigorating the film series without original star Johnny Depp. No reason for Wernick and Reese's departure has been reported at this time.
Disney Chief of Film Production Sean Bailey had provided a brief update on the project this past December, confirming Depp would not be returning to his iconic role as Captain Jack Sparrow. It was speculated that his removal from the franchise may have been attributed to allegations of domestic abuse from former spouse Amber Heard and his rising salary costs.
It is unclear at this time if Disney will proceed with the reboot after finding new writers or scuttle the project entirely. Given that the film franchise has earned the studio well over $4 billion at the worldwide box office, a return to the swashbuckling world of Pirates of the Caribbean in some capacity is more than likely at some point in the future.