A lot of speculation surrounds Johnny Depp and whether or not he'll return as Jack Sparrow in , but a better Depp comeback is . Depp has played so many iconic characters, whether it's the titular character in or the Mad Hatter in , but his performance as Captain Jack is the primary reason the swashbuckling franchise has grossed billions of dollars. There'd be a missing key ingredient if Depp were absent from , and it's likely partly why the sequel has been stuck in limbo for six years.
Though in a bizarre animated show, it was so small-scale and not at all the big return fans of the actor are anticipating. However, while his return to the franchise would undoubtedly be exciting, a different project he's attached to would have way more meaning as a comeback movie. has been in development hell for decades, and Depp has been loosely connected to it in recent years. While a sequel to the cult classic Halloween comedy still isn't confirmed, the original cast is optimistic, and it'd be even better if they were joined by Depp.
Though was Burton's directorial debut, it was his sophomore effort, , that established his dark comedy style and eerie aesthetic. Depp and Tim Burton have an actor/director relationship that rivals Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio's output. Burton has directed Depp in eight movies, including and, and the filmmaker's gothic and lively style is a perfect fit with Depp's eccentric, weird performances. But with their last collaboration being 2012's , the two haven't worked together in over a decade, so it'd be so rewarding to see Depp in a sequel to the movie that turned Burton into a visionary director.
, and given that was a critical failure and a box office bomb, making just $245 million worldwide with a budget of $150 million, a legacy collaboration only seems right. Depp also has a great working relationship with Gore Verbinski, who directed the first three movies, as the filmmaker also directed the actor in and. But their partnership isn't half as historical and doesn't hold anywhere near a legacy as Depp and Burton's work together does, and Verbinski is no longer involved with the Disney franchise either.
Though he has never been officially attached to any iteration of the long-awaited sequel, , teasing a reunion between him and Winona Ryder, who played Lydia Deetz in the original movie. Depp and Ryder have a long history together, as not only were they a couple but even engaged between 1990 and 1993. They also remained close after breaking up, as Ryder agreed to testify during Depp's 2022 libel trial. Both Ryder and Depp also starred together in , making a reunion even more meaningful, especially if Burton was to direct.
Though there's no knowing who Depp could be playing, whether it's a human character or one of the undead characters, Depp's eccentric style would certainly fit the latter. Depp is no stranger to over-the-top make-up, and it's easy to imagine bumping into a distressed soul played by Depp in the DMV-like afterlife. And along with starring alongside Ryder, Depp would be acting alongside Michael Keaton too, who played the titular bio-exorcist in the 1988 movie, which would undoubtedly be an outstanding on-screen duo. But there's even a possibility that Depp could be playing the bio-exorcist himself if Keaton doesn't return.
has supposedly been in the works for decades, but it has failed to ever enter production and has never been officially announced. Even now, , as he explained, "" Despite Brad Pitt's production company, Plan B, now owning the rights and reports of producers negotiating with Jenna Ortega, there still hasn't been any solid confirmation on the movie's development, but the movie is somehow still so highly anticipated.
Though has been in development hell for decades, the fact that the demand for it has only gotten stronger over time is a testament to its cult classic status, whereas the excitement for is on a much lower level. , but it has had just as much trouble getting into production, and it doesn't have anywhere near as high expectations as the Halloween sequel. Ironically, interest in the franchise has waned since Disney and Depp parted ways. And Depp's potential inclusion in the legacy sequel only adds excitement.
has gotten worse with each consecutive release. For the most part, the are worse than the movie that came before it. and proved that not even Captain Jack Sparrow can help the movies' phoned-in narratives and repetitive dialogue. Though the movies were huge successes at the box office, with being the second-highest-grossing movie in the franchise, that's due to the goodwill audiences had for the series. But that goodwill has all but run out.
Jack Sparrow himself has become Flanderized, simply being the always-drunk hero who saves the day. In the original movie, and to an extent, the two sequels, Jack was a loveable anti-hero and there were way more characteristics than just his alcoholism that defined him. If Depp did return as Jack Sparrow in a sixth movie, it's extremely unlikely that the writing of the character will dodge this formula. Depp's return to the franchise doesn't mean a sixth movie will be good, whereas has so much increased potential with the actor attached to it.