It’s certainly been a bumpy ride for Disney with the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. The studio has been garnering unwanted limelight ever since they decided to restart it but without Johnny Depp. Fans around the world, sympathizing with the Hollywood star facing repercussions for his legal feud with ex-wife Amber Heard, have marched to the Disney gates and are demanding his return.
But wait, that’s not the only problem facing the studio. Another legal battle is also going on in his name. The studio has been accused of stealing the inspiration for their central character, Jack Sparrow, for Pirates of the Caribbean. Writers A. Lee Alfred II and Ezequiel Martinez Jr. have been fighting a legal battle since 2017 and it turns out that the case has given Disney Exec another point to worry about. Read on to know everything you need to know about the same.
A. Lee and Ezequiel both filed suit in 2017 against Disney claiming that the studio used his specific script sent to him by a certain producer to shape Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow. Two years later, in 2019, District Court Judge Consuelo B. Marshall dismissed the case. It was soon revived by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals. He found that the scripts were sufficient to claim plagiarism and warrant a case.
Now, according to ScreenRant, both writers have filed a revised complaint against Disney over Pirates of the Caribbean character Jack Sparrow. and learned that Judge Marshall “disallowed Disney’s motion for summary judgment because of contrary expert testimony.” Which means the studio has failed to press the case and now has a battle to fight. If the studio loses, it could lead to very heavy compensation and could also affect everything the franchise had planned.
Johnny Depp, first became Jack Sparrow in 2003 for Pirates of the Caribbean in the film The Curse of the Black Pearl. He then continued to play 4 more characters from 2006 to 2017 in Dead Man’s Chest, At World’s End, On Stranger Tides and Dead Men Tell No Tales. Stay tuned with Koimoi for more.