‘Kon-Tiki’ Directors Likely to Helm ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5′

Published 2 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 6:17 pm,

Joachim Rønning and Espen S Kon Tiki Directors Likely to Helm Pirates of the Caribbean 5

After learning that Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall’s stint with the Pirates franchise would end after just one film, Disney went searching high and low for the franchise’s successor.

Last month, that search turned a wishlist into a shortlist, and as of Wednesday, the studio has finally decided who it wants to captain Pirates of the Caribbean 5.

Deadline is reporting that Disney has selected the Norwegian directing team of Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg from a shortlist that also included Fredrik Bond (The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman) and Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman).  Though a deal has not been finalized, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Captain Jack Sparrow himself, Johnny Depp, have approved the directing choice.

The duo may not be well known to U.S. audiences, but the fact that they already have one Oscar nomination under their belts – for their 2012 historical drama Kon-Tiki – shows they may be able to steer the Pirates ship in the right direction. Disney also probably liked that the directors have already displayed a knack for shooting on the high seas, as Kon-Tiki chronicled Thor Heyerdal’s 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947.

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Of course, that film was made for almost nothing. This time around – and for the first time in their careers – Rønning and Sandberg will have a major blockbuster budget at their disposal. And since Pirates 5 is expected to be a standalone film, they won’t be restricted by previous entries and will (hopefully) be able to use their creative vision to explore new worlds with the franchise.

In terms of Pirates 5 becoming a box office hit, ultimately, it may not matter who is at the helm. Marshall’s film, On Stranger Tides, was considered by most to be the weakest entry in the series, and yet it brought in $1 billion worth of business worldwide. Though it’s unclear how many of those same folks would turn out for the fifth installment, it’s likely that a good chunk will be happy to see Captain Jack swashbuckling and drinking rum on the big screen again.

With a script in the works, Depp back on board and a directing team secured, it looks like Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is finally ready to set sail. Once Rønning and Sandberg finalize their deal, they will begin prepping the film, which expects to begin production either later this year or early next year.


Look for Pirates of the Caribbean 5 when it hits theaters on July 10th, 2015.

Source: Deadline 

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  1. How did Pirates 4 make over a billion dollars. It was so bad :(

    • Because people are saying its really bad, when it is actually really good. I mean why else would it be that it made over a billion dollars? lol

  2. Does the world really need another “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie?

    • Yes!

    • Absolutely! They’re tons of fun.

    • Absolutely, positively more pirates – the POTC movies have great world-building, sterling casts, cheeky fun, and fun spookiness and critters. How can folks not want the fey Jack Sparrow and irascible Barbossa? Plus the new directors seem like an interesting choice, and seem unlikely to be fazed by shooting on the water which even Gore Verbinski had some issues with.
      My one concern (as I don’t know these directors) would be whether they would be good with fight scenes – but hopefully they are psyched for the project, already know a lot of sea lore, and are willing to learn with a lot of energy.

  3. I’ve only seen the first one. I’ve heard the others aren’t great but are they entertaining on a basic level? I guess I’m asking if it’s worth catching up on blu-ray. If I’m dumb enough to have enjoyed both G.I joe movies would I like this?

    • Yes. The entertainment value is there. Just like the first one… don’t expect it to be the next “Lincoln” but you will have fun and get a couple laughs in.

      • @leathercheerio. Thanks, I’ll give ‘em a whirl. Was worried about wasting my time. As long as they’re not boring.

        @kryptonic. Bit rude for an honest question but whatevs

        • I’d say 2 and 3 are definitely entertaining. They seem to get a bad rep for being slightly convoluted in terms of plot (in particular, POTC 3 can be slightly hard to follow) but I find that even if I just stare mindlessly, it’s entertaining. Plus, I actually really enjoyed how they expanded the mythology of the world without it coming off bad – they were great sequels in my opinion, because they didn’t just re-tread the first movie.

          On Stranger Tides, however, sucked. In my opinion of course. But it was just bland and not very funny. They practically took all the fun out of Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush and replaced Will and Elizabeth with boring counterparts of themselves.

    • “If I’m dumb enough to have enjoyed both G.I joe movies would I like this?”

      If you have to ask….

    • Yes, they are definitely worth catching up on Blu-ray. You’d like them.

  4. While I loved Pirates of the Caribbean, I wasn’t that crazy about the fourth one; and would like to say one suggestion… LET THE SERIES DIE PLEASE! They should’ve stopped at the third film, because it wrapped everything up in a nice little bow. So why didn’t they just quit while ahead?


    • … that!

  6. The duo has already confirmed this to a norwegian newspaper. They will be the new directors. Since I’m norwegian, I am really glad they got such a big project. Kon-Tiki was well-crafted, but a bit boring.

  7. I dont care about the project but its always nice to see someone get a big break

  8. I was sitting and trying to speculate what would be a good plot or story for this movie. Couldn’t come up with any. We’ve seen the cursed treasure, zombies, mermaids, Kraken, Flying Duchman, Fountain of Youth,…

    I need to go out and research some historical and mythical events of the time and of Pirate Lore.

    I was thinking it could be cool to have Sparrow get involved with the American Revolution!

    • It’d be funny to see Sparrow trying to hide out in Massachusetts and accidentally part of the mob that commits the Boston Tea Party. It would be cool to see him interact with Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin among others.

  9. Justin Lin for Pirates!

    • Sorry, but Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg have already been picked to direct Pirates 5 ;) .