On Wednesday, Hollywood was shocked by the information that Johnny Depp gained his defamation in opposition to Amber Heard.
Defamation instances are notoriously troublesome to win in American courtrooms, and the percentages gave the impression to be in Heard’s favor.
Depp sued Heard for $50 million in reference to a 2018 essay she wrote for The Washington Submit through which she recognized herself as a sufferer of abuse.
Depp’s authorized group needed to show that Heard lied, that she did so with malice, and that mentioned lies did longterm injury to Depp’s profession.
In addition they needed to clear the extra hurdle of proving that the article was about Depp, as Heard by no means talked about him by title.
A lot of Workforce Depp’s argument hinged on the earnings that he allegedly misplaced on account of the Submit essay.
The largest chunk of these losses was the $22.5 million that Depp was set to obtain for his work on a sixth installment of the profitable Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, which was ultimately scrapped
Depp may by no means see that sort of payday once more, his attorneys argued, and it was all due to Amber Heard.
However now that Depp has been so publicly vindicated, might a long-awaited return voyage aboard the Black Pearl be within the offing?
Shortly after the decision was introduced, Depp issued a press release through which he thanked the the jury for giving him “[his] life again” and promised followers that the “greatest is but to come back.”
And certainly, evidently a former Disney exec — who spoke with Individuals journal on situation of anonymity– agrees with Depp that the way forward for his profession appears to be like very vivid certainly.
“I completely consider post-verdict that Pirates is primed for rebooting with Johnny as Capt. Jack again on board,” the previous exec tells Individuals.
“There’s simply an excessive amount of potential box-office treasure for a beloved character deeply embedded within the Disney tradition.”
The insider famous that so-called “legacy sequels” are all the fad today, and Disney is probably going already weighing its choices by way of bringing Captain Jack Sparrow again to the massive display.
“With [producer] Jerry Bruckheimer using excessive on the huge success of Tom Cruise in Prime Gun: Maverick, there may be large urge for food for bringing again bankable Hollywood stars in massively widespread franchises,” the producer mentioned.
In fact, Depp famously remarked that he would by no means return to the franchise, even when Disney “got here to me with $300 million and one million alpacas.”
So his asking value will most likely be significantly increased than the $22.5 million the studio was beforehand set to pay.
It is also attainable that Disney will resolve that Depp has been so badly tarnished by the occasions of the previous few years that he is not bankable as an A-list star.
Witnesses known as by Heard’s group claimed that Depp’s tardiness and lack of professionalism bought him blacklisted lengthy earlier than Amber went public along with her abuse claims.
The jury appeared to agree, because the $10 million in damages they awarded had been far lower than what Depp requested, which gave the impression to be a tacit acknowledgement of the truth that she was not the explanation he misplaced the Pirates job.
And whereas Depp “gained” the case (although Heard was additionally awarded damages, albeit a a lot smaller quantity), there was a lot unhealthy press stemming from the trial that it is unimaginable to think about any main studio shelling out to rent both of the combatants.
Presently, Depp is within the UK, the place he is receiving fervent applause in all places he goes.
However it’s one factor to sing the man’s praises, and fairly one other to write down him a 10-figure verify with hopes for a return in your funding.