Rob Marshall (Chicago, Nine) has been the director attached to the upcoming 4th installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, On Stranger Tides. Even though we recently reported that Marshall was a lock for Pirates 4, apparently that lock isn’t as tight as first surmised.

However, Marshall is indeed trying to work out any wrinkles between himself and the job as captain of Disney’s Pirates ship.

Marshall himself spoke exclusively to Coming Soon this week and had this much to offer:

I was so surprised they called me…It was Johnny Depp and Jerry Bruckheimer. Jerry called me, but Johnny was interested in working with me. It’s a wonderful thing when something like that happens, so we sat and met and he could not have been more lovely. He’s the nicest man. I’ve been very lucky to work with some great people and he’s one of them. So I could tell that we could maybe do this, and then they offered it to me.”

“We’re still trying to figure out if it’s going to all happen…If it happens…we’ll start in the summer, and we’ll see. I’m excited. If it happens, it happens. I’d be thrilled. I just love Johnny and I’m excited about the genre.”

So there you have it – if all goes well in negotiations,  then Marshall’s next big-screen song and dance number will be a sea shanty. If you want hear more about what Marshall had to say about his approach to directing Pirates 4, or what kind of style the film might have, go HERE.

Rob Marshall wouldn’t be my first pick to direct On Stranger Tides (or my second, third, or fourth), but I’m not going to bash the guy – he’s an Oscar-nominated director with an eye for style, so he definitely has the chops. And, truth be told, Gore Verbinski (who directed Pirates 1-3) was not exactly at the top of my list when Pirates 1 came out. So who knows…

You guys happy with Marshall? From what little he talked about, does he seem competent enough to deliver another quality installment of the franchise? (IMHO, we haven’t had one since the first film.)

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is currently slated for a release July 8, 2011.

Source: Coming Soon