The movie producer first worked with Depp on the franchise with 2003's The Curse of the Black Pearl and they subsequently reunited for four sequels. Depp's involvement in a sixth Pirates movie has been one of the key arguments in his ongoing defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard. He and his legal team have claimed that her December 2018 Washington Post op-ed, in which she described herself as a public figure representing domestic abuse cost him acting roles, including a return as Captain Jack Sparrow.
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