The Australian pop culture blog poptopic.com.au released a new article on June 7, 2022, heading “Johnny Depp's USD 301 million Disney agreement revealed?!” The rumor, which was disseminated on Reddit, TikTok, Facebook, and Twitter, stated that Depp, coming off of his mostly won libel case against ex-wife Amber Heard, had been given an enormous amount of money by The Walt Disney Studios to once again play as his “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie character, Jack Sparrow.
The lawsuit had been brought against Heard for allegedly making defamatory statements about Depp. On the other hand, we have not been able to uncover proof that Depp and Disney are working toward reaching a financial arrangement of any kind.
According to what was stated at the beginning of the story, “Disney has supposedly offered Johnny Depp a contract agreement worth USD 301 million for him to return as Jack Sparrow in another “Pirates of the Caribbean” film and a Disney Plus series!”
The question of whether or not Depp will return to the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise for future projects was posed to him in court in April 2022. I heard attorney J. Benjamin Rottenborn pose the following question to Johnny Depp:
“And the fact is, Mr. Depp, if Disney came to you with 300 million dollars and a million alpacas, nothing in this world would persuade you to go back and work with Disney on a ‘Pirates of the Caribbean' picture, correct?” Depp confirmed that he would not return to work with Disney on a “Pirates of the Caribbean” film. In response, Depp said to Rottenborn, “That is true, Mr. Rottenborn.”
It seems that the attorney was referring to something happening outside the Fairfax County Courthouse in Virginia, where the Depp-Heard trial was being held, when he made his remark to alpacas.
A woman named Andrea Diaz showed up in April to support Johnny Depp's position in the case, and she did so by bringing along two of her alpacas. Diaz is the manager of the business known as My Pet Alpaca, which allows customers to interact with animals such as goats, llamas, and alpacas. Law & Crime spoke with her for an interview:
In May, a prerecorded deposition of Heard attorney Elaine Bredehoft was played for the courtroom. In the testimony, Bredehoft asked Walt Disney Studios employee Tina Newman the following question:
“Is Disney aware that Mr. Depp has testified under oath that he would not take another ‘Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise role for $300 million and a million alpacas?” Bredehoft responded that Walt Disney Studios was “No,” said Newman.
After that, Bredehoft posed the question: “Would Disney be open to the idea of paying Mr. Depp more than $300 million and giving him more than a million alpacas so they could secure his services for any future “Pirates of the Caribbean” roles?” Again, Newman responded with a “No.”
It was earlier reported by Yahoo News that Depp was “scheduled to be paid $22.5 million for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 6'.” However, they never got around to making that movie. Yahoo News said that filming on the project never got underway after Heard published her “allegations” against Depp in her opinion piece published in 2018 in The Washington Post. The opinion piece played a crucial role in the libel action that Depp was involved in.
Two of the Twitter usernames for contributors were displayed on the website's editorial page, but neither was active. We made several attempts to contact poptopic.com.au to ask them questions regarding their article. On the other hand, an email address published on the website immediately responded with a message stating that the inbox was no longer operational.
Will Johnny Be Returned as Jack Sparrow?
Johnny Depp was successful in the defamation lawsuit he brought against his ex-wife Amber Heard seeking $50 million in damages. The court proceeding lasted for a total of six weeks and took place in Fairfax, Virginia.
The actor filed a lawsuit against his ex-wife for defamation after she wrote an opinion piece that was published in the Washington Post in 2018. In the article, she claimed she was a domestic abuse victim.
This had a significant impact on Johnny Depp's career because he was no more extended cast in films after it happened. He was turned down for roles in movies like Pirates of the Caribbean and Fantastic Beasts 3, among others.
Following Johnny's victory in the $50 million slander case against Disney, supporters have demanded that the company apologize to the actor.