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The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has been immensely successful, pulling in more than a billion dollars over the course of five movies, since 2003.
It’s made Johnny Depp a household name and given Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley some mainstream success that didn’t involve Orcs or appearing in a British Rom-Com.
Not bad considering it started life off as a theme park ride.
The most recent entry, Dead Men Tell No Tales, introduced us to a new character, Carina Smyth, an astrologist whose life’s path is altered forever when she crosses path with Captain Jack Sparrow.
The story was neatly tied up in the fifth movie, with Jack’s ongoing story coming to a nice, logical ending.
However, the post-credits scene teased a potential spin-off, and one of the stars thinks she might have the perfect idea for the natural next step in the Pirates franchise.
Kaya Scodelario, who plays the aforementioned Carina Smyth, spoke to Screen Rant, explaining how she’s contracted for at least one more Pirates film.
“Well, when I signed up for the first one, I signed up for two movies,” Scodelario said.
“So I am contractually obliged, but I’d love to [do it].
I think there’s a lot we can still do.
I’d like to see a Carina who takes the helm of Barbossa on the sea – have her own all-female pirate crew.”
This all-female crew would certainly be in line with the Pirates style, and could even help to make up for a lost opportunity that Dead Men Tell No Tales missed out on.
As the story goes, Pirates 5 was supposed to feature a female villain, but Johnny Depp used his clout to pull that idea, citing how it “would be redundant to Dark Shadows” which obviously also starred a female villain.
I did say back before Pirates 5 even came out about why would they bother introducing a new character if it was supposed to be the ‘last’ Pirates movie unless of course there was always the intention to do a spin-off.