Pirates of the Caribbean is one of the most successful movie franchises of all time, with Johnny Depp leading viewers through swashbuckling adventures as Captain Jack Sparrow since the first movie in 2003. Unfortunately, 2017’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales earned the lowest cumulative lifetime box-office gross of the entire franchise.
The studio has been in search of new talent and new stories ever since. And, according to a report by We’ve Got This Covered, it seems like they’ve decided to bring in Captain Hook to revive the brand. It might seem like a crazy idea at first, but the iconic Peter Pan villain does have a connection to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
Billed as the first adult novel in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, 2011’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom, by sci-fi author A. C. Crispin, contains a few references to Peter Pan’s Captain Hook. Although he isn’t mentioned in the book by name, pirates Don Rafael and Edward Teague (Jack Sparrow’s father) discuss an old acquaintance named James who matches Hook’s description.
The unnamed pirate is said to have “disappeared for a while, lost a hand, been fitted with a hook, developed a fear of children, and didn’t seem to age between meetings.” The pirate’s disappearance can be explained by his time spent in Neverland, which also accounts for his apparent non-aging. His fear of children is the result of his encounters with Peter Pan and the Lost Boys. While the hook is (obviously) the Captain’s most prominent physical attribute.
An adventure in Neverland might be just what the Pirates franchise needs and presents Disney with a wonderful opportunity to shift the story in a new direction. While there has been o official word on a Pirates/Hook team-up just yet we do know that Disney is committed to making two brand new Pirates of the Caribbean films.
Interestingly, Peter Pan also has a few references to other pirates, real and fictional, including Blackbeard (who exists in the Pirates of the Caribbean) and Long John Silver from Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.
The first is a female-led version of the film starring Margot Robbie. Birds of Prey writer Christina Hodson will be writing the script which will be a new story featuring fresh characters, with no link to Jack Sparrow’s adventures. The exact plot details are currently under wraps and there is no information about who will join Robbie in the cast.
The second film is a reboot of the popular Pirates of the Caribbean franchise that writers Ted Elliott and Craig Mazin are working on. The movie will have no connection to Robbie and Hodson’s project. Jerry Bruckheimer, who served as producer on the original movies, will produce Robbie’s movie and the reboot.
Captain Jack Sparrow won’t be making a cameo in any future Pirates of the Caribbean movies as Disney has decided to distance itself from Jonny Depp due to his “wife beater” libel trial in the UK.