Several Directors Rumored for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5′ Shortlist

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Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Directors Several Directors Rumored for Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Shortlist

While each new installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has gotten increasingly poor reviews, the movies have continued to be massive box office successes for Disney (particularly in foreign markets, where the movies made more than 65% of their grosses).

So naturally it’s no surprise that the company is forging ahead with Pirates of the Caribbean 5. At the beginning of the year, Terry Rossi’s script was rewritten by Jeff Nathanson (Tower Heist). Now we have word that Disney has several names on a shortlist to direct the film.

According to Deadline, the  directors in consideration for the big budget project are Fredrik Bond (The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman),  Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki), and Rupert Sanders (Snow White and The Huntsman). Of the options, Sanders is probably the most well known, but Deadline reports that Ronning and Sandberg are the names being mentioned most often.

The Norwegian duo, whose film Kon-Tiki was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, would be an interesting choice for the project. After all, they’ve already won acclaim for a movie about life on the high seas. (Okay, okay. A movie about an explorer sailing the Pacific Ocean on a raft is a far cry from the fantastical adventures of Jack Sparrow. Still, it’s something!)

pirates caribbean 5 screenwriter Several Directors Rumored for Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Shortlist

After Gore Verbinski directed the first three films, noted musical director Rob Marshall took over for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Despite the change behind the camera, the movie was a huge hit, which Disney is surely hoping will be the case for Pirates 5 as well.

Then again, all good things must come to an end at some point, right? How many more miles can Johnny Depp get out of his roguishly handsome scallywag?

What do you think of these director choices and what would you like to see happen in Pirates 5? Let us know in the comments.

Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is scheduled to hit theaters July 10th, 2015.


Source: Deadline

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  1. Who cares! Man they can’t stop picking an already infected scab.

  2. Looks like Disney is now following the Marvel example of hiring cheap unknown directors and disposing of them after every film to avoid paying higher salaries for the sequel.

  3. Pirates hasnt been remotely good or made any sense since the first film… how can they make more?!?!?!

  4. I don’t say this often but they need to stop making these films. Not because I don’t like them. I like them all. But because I refuse to buy them on blu ray until they come out with a box set that includes all to the very last film! They have a sweet box set now but why would I buy it if there is going to be random straggler cases of the following films?!? Same goes for Die Hard!

  5. Pirates of the Carribean 5: Curse of the Greedy Comglomorate

  6. They should get Gore Verbinski back. The last movie felt like a cheap imitation.

    • Absolutely. People can say what they want about Pirates 2 and 3, but they were still extremely entertaining, original and added something to the mythology (even if it was convoluted at times). On Stranger Tides had… a less funny Jack Sparrow, a less awesome Barbossa, a blander more annoying version of Will (didn’t know that was possible) and a Keira Knightley replacement with less development (although admittedly a cool mythology).

      If Disney’s direction here is just to get directors who will do everything they want on the cheap, then it won’t matter which director they hire – it will only get better if they get a director AND are willing to let them have some creative freedom over it. At present I don’t know if Disney’s got tight plans for what should happen in the sequels, but if the last one was anything to go by… they need Gore Verbinski back.

      • +1

      • Agreed!

    • At least Pirates 5′s director will not be Rob Marshall.

    • +1000000

  7. I’ve only seen the first one. I caught the end of the second and felt no need to see anymore. They can keep making those movies for years for all I care.

  8. I walked out of the last Pirates Movie, because it became stale.

  9. A few more films and he’ll be trading in the Black Pearl for a steamboat. :)

  10. Think Rupert Sanders is a creep, but his style in SWATH was perfect. I’d love to see him do a Pirates movie. Haven’t enjoyed one of those since the first one.

  11. Bryan Singer who directed Superman Returns, X-Men I, II, III, IV, Jack The Giant Killer may also direct Pirates of the Carribean (Part 5) ?

    Iam thinking he hasn’t got involve with the Disney Movies. If anybody is not interested in him here are the list of directors James Cameron, Brett Ratner, Joel Schumacher, Ron Howard, and George Miller.

    Right now he is busy directing X-Men: Future Days of Past to be released 2015.

  12. I think it’s obvious where this has to go.

    In the first 3 films they have established this idea that those who get involved with Jack Sparrow basically have their lives ruined in some way. Davey Jones Locker presented the audience with the notion that Jack’s fear and/or “hell” would be no freedom and being stuck with himself, suggesting a guilty conscience, because he doesn’t want to answer for some of the things he has done.

    Additionally the series has set up polytheism verses monotheism debate. In Tim Powers Novel (which Disney actually optioned during the the time of the first film and passed, but it should be noted that things in the novel all similar things presented all through out the series and not seemingly exclusive to the film of the same name) there are idea about “man using all the magic in the world” to that point where there will not be any, allegedly making it a bad world. Anyways, the fourth film sets up a mirrored arc with theological themes still in tact. As a young clergy man falls for a mermaid, and Jack Sparrow’s new love interest Angelica is anything, but Angelic, as allegedly Jack “corrupted” her as well….It would be fitting then that a Clergyman (wanting to cleanse souls) would be more suited ferrying the souls of the dead of The Flying Dutchman to be with his mermaid and for Will to return home back to his wife and son.

  13. What’s wrong with going with Rob Marshall again?

  14. T think all you negative jerks here should just shut their big mouths, I for one love these movies, and if they weren’t any good we wouldn’t be at filming No.5 would we. I hope they make at least three more films.

    • I totally agree! You got it right!

    • I hope they film at least three more Pirates of the Caribbean movies as well, as long as Johnny Depp and the rest of the cast and crew from Pirates 4 return!

  15. Yeah, I think its terrible that they fired Dick Cook! Wasn’t it recently said that he was coming back though? I could of sworn that I thought I read somewhere that he was coming back to Disney, but then again I could be wrong about that.


    • Ok here’s the deal we just need Gore Verbinski back the first three pirates of the Caribbean movies were genius!! :) But when rob Marshall directed the forth movie it felt like it was a cheap copy of the first three. Don’t get me wrong the forth one wasn’t bad, but the third pirates was one of the best movies ever. So Rob Marshall did an ok job but Gore V did an amazing job so I think they should continue with the pirates of the Caribbean but get Gore Verbinski BACK!!

  17. Another thing if you watch Pirates of the Caribbean: At worlds end. When ever the movies over skip to the very end of the credits then you will see what’s also supposed to happen in the forth movie. (it involves Will Turner and Elizabeth Swan) :) :) :)

    • I agree with Nick and I think that bob and the rest of you who agree with him are the ones being the negative jerks! im sorry but its true if you think about it!