A new chapter of the hit franchise, based on the Disneyland theme park ride of the same name, is now in development with Birds of Prey screenwriter Christina Hodson. Robbie is set to star in what’s being described as a female-fronted franchise reboot.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news, reporting that this is one of two Pirates of the Caribbean projects currently in development. The other is coming from franchise writer Ted Elliot and Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin.
No plot details are known, although word is that the film will not be a spinoff from the Johnny Depp-starring Jack Sparrow films and will instead feature an original story with new characters.
Hodson is certainly on a roll. After writing small-scale thriller Shut In and Unforgettable, she landed script duties on Transformers spinoff Bumblebee and the Robbie-starring Birds of Prey. And apart from this Pirates movie, Hodson’s upcoming writing credits include DC movies The Flash and Batgirl.
Kicking off in 2003 with the Gore Verbinski-directed Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, the franchise proved to be a box office juggernaut for Disney. The five Pirates films, altogether, topped $US4.5 billion in earnings.
Up next for Robbie: another round as Harley Quinn with The Suicide Squad, directed by James Gunn.