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26th Oct 2019

Chernobyl creator hired by Disney to reboot Pirates Of The Caribbean

Rory Cashin

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There is both good news and bad news to this development…

When HBO and Sky dropped Chernobyl on unsuspecting viewers in May of this year, nobody was expecting it to be one of the greatest shows of the year.

But that is exactly what we got, still 2019’s scariest series, and JOE was lucky enough to chat to the show’s writer Craig Mazin to talk at length about some of the behind-the-scenes details.

It is likely off the back of that project that Disney decided to hire him to work on the reboot of the Pirates Of The Caribbean movies (as reported by Variety), which will be moving forward without Johnny Depp, and looking to take the franchise in a brand new direction.

Initially, Disney had Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland, Deadpool) working on the reboot script, but they are no longer attached to the project.

The hiring of Mazin might give some indication that the series is moving into scarier, more dramatic territory, but that is where things get… worrisome.

If you take a look at the other entries on Mazin’s CV, and things take a bit of a turn: Scary Movie 3, Scary Movie 4, Superhero Movie, The Hangover Part II, Identity Thief, and The Hangover Part III.

So, outside of the incredibly real-life drama series, he has written or co-written six unfunny comedies, and he is also one of the EIGHT credited screenwriters on the upcoming reboot of Charlie’s Angels, due out in November.

Now, we’re the optimistic sort here in JOE, and maybe Mazin got all of the unfunny out of his system, and Chernobyl marks the next, new, much better phase in his career.

Because, really, the last thing the movie world needs is another bad Pirates Of The Caribbean movie. We’ve had four of them already, and the quality of 2003’s The Curse Of The Black Pearl now feels like a distant memory…

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