Various outlets have reported that Depp has been offered a contract $301 million to reprise his role as the iconic Jack Sparrow in another film in the “Pirates” franchise and in a Disney Plus series.
The Walt Disney Company reportedly wants to “make peace” with the actor. Disney had dropped Depp after Amber Heard’s op-ed in The Washington Post in which he described himself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.”
Depp’s agent Jack Whigam stated that he started working with Depp in October 2016 and that it worked constantly since 2017.
Whigam said Depp took $8 million for City of Lies, $10 million for Murder on the Orient Express and $13.5 million for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
the three movies they were shot in 2017prior to the publication of Beard’s article.
In 2018, he earned $1 million for the independent film Waiting for the Barbarians. She also, allegedly, took a pay cut for another independent film called Minamata, for which she ultimately took $3 million.
Whigam claimed that the op-ed had a “catastrophic” impact on Depp’s career. “It was a first-person account coming from the victim,” she said. “It became catastrophic for Mr. Depp in the Hollywood community.”
Whigam said that following its publication, funding for Minamata became uncertain, leading Depp to take a pay cut to save the film. The actor has not appeared in a movie since then.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Depp earned a total of more than $300 million for the five films in the Pirates franchise.
The website reports that he started out with a $10 million salary for the first film, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, before going on to earn a total of $60 million ($20 million base salary plus $40 million more from the rear) for the second film. His base salary increased again for the third installment, for which it is said that he received 50 million dollars.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Depp told Vanity Fair in 2011 that he was being paid too much to star in movies. “Basically, if they’re going to pay me the stupid money right now, I’m going to take it,” he said. “I have to do it. I mean, it’s not for me. You know what I mean? Right now, it’s for my kids. It’s ridiculous, yeah, yeah. But ultimately, is it for me? No. No. It’s for the kids.”
The fourth film in the franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, was the most expensive in history, according to Forbes, costing $410.6 million to produce. It is rumored that only Depp made $55 million from the film. That salary is said to have been surpassed once again by the fifth film, Dead Men Tell No Tales, for which he earned $90 million, according to Forbes.
Depp stated that he was fired from the pirates of the caribbean franchise shortly after Heard’s op-ed was published. When Depp’s talent manager, Jack Wingham, testified in court, he reportedly revealed that Depp would have been paid $22.5 million for Pirates of the Caribbean 6 had the film been made.
Although many media have confirmed his return to “Pirates of the Caribbean” for the sixth time, Depp’s representative denied this possibility.
“Don’t expect Johnny Depp to return as Jack Sparrow to “Pirates of the Caribbean” anytime soon. He also added in an interview for CNN in Spanish that the news was an “invention” and that the future “is yet to be decided.”