Johnny Depp's future as a pirate revealed by the franchise's producers 

Hopefully Jack Sparrow and the rum will be gone by the time the next "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie arrives in theaters.

The franchise's producer, Jerry Bruckheimer, recently addressed Johnny Depp's future amid his ongoing defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard.

Bruckheimer replied, "Not at this point. The future is yet to be determined," when asked whether Depp might ever reprise his role as the legendary swashbuckler.

Margot Robbie is in discussions with Bruckheimer and company about starring in another “Pirates” film. The producer teases, “We are writing two Pirates scripts — one with her and one without her.” 

The actor says Heard's allegations of abuse against him have ruined his career. Depp has starred in five "Pirates of the Caribbean" films. The latest, "Dead Men Tell No Tales," came out in 2017.

Depp has also claimed he was abused by his wife in an op-ed article that is at the center of their trial. Both have denied each other's claims.

Disney effectively cut off relations with Depp after Heard published the piece. His agent also claimed that the sixth installment of the "Pirates" franchise cost him $22.5 million. 

Depp has already said he won't play Sparrow again.

Variety reports that Heard's lawyer asked him if nothing on earth would convince him to return to work with Disney on a new film in the franchise.

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