This came in an interview with Ryan Seacrest, on his radio show. What does that mean? It means the franchise is going to die, because they probably are casting him.
The majority of actors who say “it’s just a rumor” have already been offered the part, and are in the process of negotiating terms, but don’t want to screw it up by saying something.
First, talks of Tim Burton directing, now Zac Efron directing? Has Disney lost their goddamnedfreaking minds? Tim Burton belongs off in his little world making weird movies with clay, and Zac Efron belongs playing a high school student until he’s 30. Neither of them belong in, or around, a fourth Pirates movie.
News surfaced yesterday, albeit from some questionable sources, that Depp is going to be paid roughly $54 million to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow, which would make him the highest paid actor for a single film (up front payment, not including backend points.)
The highest paid actor for any single film, including backend points, surprisingly, is Keanu Reeves, for the second two Matrix films, in which he earned an estimated $97 each for.