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Though actress Margot Robbie indicated the project was dead last month, famed producer Jerry Bruckheimer says the upcoming “Pirates of the Caribbean” spin-off film that features her is still alive.

The “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Bad Boys” producer, responsible for some of the biggest franchises in Hollywood, spoke with THR recently in which the fate of the ‘Pirates’ franchise came up.

With the various drama surrounding actor Johnny Depp, Disney seems intent on moving on with at least one spin-off of the franchise or a reboot rather than doing a Depp-led sixth entry. As a result, several films are in development.

At last report, “Birds of Prey” and “Bumblebee” writer Christina Hodson was penning the script for the female-fronted adventure starring Robbie and dubbed a wholly original story with new characters under the Pirates moniker.

Original writer Ted Elliott and “Chernobyl” creator Craig Mazin were also developing a reboot with a younger cast. Bruckheimer says he’s not sure what will come first:

“I think we’re getting very close on that one, too. We have a very good script. We developed two of them – the one with Margot Robbie and one with a younger cast. The Margot Robbie one needs a little more work. The younger cast one is close. Hopefully, we’ll get both of them.

[The Robbie one] is alive for me. It’s alive for Disney. I’m sure she was disappointed it didn’t go first – or maybe not because she’s very busy, so it might be a blessing to push this a bit. We believe we’ll get it made. It’s a very strong story.”

Bruckheimer thinks a third “Top Gun” is less likely as Cruise is in the middle of shooting “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two” and “that’s his focus”. Bruckheimer adds: “Once he finishes, we can have a conversation. But then he goes up in space and something else. So I have no idea.”



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