My first concern with JJP at this point is not do they do another POTC, but how they fair thru the ongoing shut down, financially. Tough times for a small manufacturer that just invested capital in a facility move. I for one wish them the best here and hope they last the storm safely.
As far as re making Pirates, There had to be a significant negative reason(s) it ended for the run as it did. Significant negative reason resulted in an undesirable cash flow situation at that point in time. What those reasons can be have been postulated several times over in this thread, but, there could be other reasons we will never figure out, because, Jack is not going to air dirty laundry in public ( nor should any one expect him to ).
It will be interesting if JJP does release a large code update to the game. If well received and considering Kieth is the coder there should be no reason why not well received, the demand for the game should increase. If the reason for stopping the run were due to demand issue, then the combination of existing demand plus improved code overcomes that obstacle . The inertia of re starting the line will be need to be addressed, but , JJP knows how do meet that resistance.
If the problem was parts availability, I can see no reason that could not be overcome. The only really game specific issues are plastics and in this day and age of 3 d printers that should not be an issue. All other parts/boards should be able to be manufactured just like any other part for any other game. So ,no, parts are not the issue. They may not have parts now because they do not want to pay for re stocking. The game parts may be relatively expensive, but that can be over come by increasing the purchase price.
The license can be renewed for a fee. The fee may be larger than previously issued. Not sure I would understand why, as each year a movie does not come out should put downward pressure on the license fee, I would believe. But who knows, even if the fee goes up, that would translate to a higher cost to the consumer and with high demand.....
If Profit per machine is the issue, that is over come simply by raising the price ( or reducing spend per unit which has its own impact on unit demand). Now the trick is will that increased price drive away the supposed pent up demand. I am not sure what that price point would be ,but, say it is north of 12k ( Yellow road WOZ gives us a clue), will there be buyers (considering the ongoing virus situation)? What if it is 14K? The higher it goes, the higher the investment risk for JJP. Considering the challenges the ongoing Corona shut down are putting on the company, will they want to take that risk in the near future (say 2 to 3 years)?
So at this point, my take would be JJP's first priority now is to improve company cash flow with the lowest risk possible over the next few years. Games like Wonka may meet that need over higher cost games such as Pirates. I just wish them success for the long haul.