Johnny Depp and Dick Cook Pirates 4

Yesterday we informed you of Disney Chairman Dick Cook‘s resignation from his longstanding position at the studio. Cook had been with Disney for 38 years and was the man behind some of the companies biggest success stories. Almost 24 hours after the announcement, a minor backlash has begun and many actors who worked with the former Chairman are wondering where their future with the studio lies.

Even Johnny Depp, Disney’s own Jack Sparrow has reacted to the story and he is not a happy pirate.

According to the LATimes, Johnny Depp said that Cook was the only executive who had faith in his unusual portrayal of Captain Jack in Pirates of the Caribbean.

“He’s instantly trustworthy. And you generally don’t meet people at the studios you trust. He’s a rare beast,” Depp told the LA Times. “When things went a little sideways on the first Pirates movie and others at the studio were less than enthusiastic about my interpretation of the character, Dick was there from the first moment. He trusted me.”

Depp had a close and endearing relationship with the former Chairman, and his absence will definitely be felt when it comes time to film Pirates 4. With that being said, suddenly the actor’s faith in the project has been somewhat shaken.

“There’s a fissure, a crack in my enthusiasm at the moment,” Depp said. “It was all born in that office.”

He also went on to say that his role in the upcoming film is still in the negotiation stages and his agreement to do the movie depends on how good the script is.

I was under the impression that Depp already signed a contract for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and in return he got a boatload of money for it? The studio already has a lot of the pre-production stuff for the film underway, so the uncertainty in his tone worries me. Johnny can’t abandoned Pirates at this point, can he?

What do you think of Johnny Depp’s possible departure from Pirates 4? Could the studio continue without him?