Rob Marshall Confirmed To Direct Pirates of the Caribbean 4

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:27 pm,

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We got word at the end of July this year that Pirates of the Caribbean 4 may have found its director in Rob Marshall (Chicago, Nine). Since then we’ve found out the name of the film ( On Stranger Tides); what it’s probably going to be about; that it’s going to be based on a book; and even that Johnny Depp may not be coming back (although Disney promised we’d see him in the fourth one, at least).

However, now we get the news that Marshall is confirmed to be directing Pirates of the Caribbean 4. According to a tipster over at AICN who attended a DGA screening of Marshall’s latest, Nine, Marshall replied to a question about what his next project would be by name-dropping Pirates of the Caribbean. Here’s what he said:

“‘Y’know, it’s something that I was offered and never in the world thought I would do but then I was like ‘why not?’… I’m doing ‘ Pirates of the Caribbean….”

So even though it was rumored, and looked pretty damn likely back this summer, it’s still nice to hear confirmation come from the Marshall himself. On top of that, another nice little piece of info that might be of interest to you Captain Jack Sparrow/Depp fans out there is that Marshall said he, “had a wonderful meeting [with Depp] and that they’re both excited to work together.”

Pirates of the Caribbean 4 is to be based on a 22-year-old book also called “On Stranger Tides” by author Tim Powers, using the plot of the search for the Fountain of Youth. It’s a very fitting thing to build a story around for a Pirates movie, and with Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley unlikely to be back for the fourth (we’re slightly more confident about Knightley not returning), it means they can use that plot to concentrate on Captain Jack and perhaps Captain Barbossa, who IMO are the two best characters in the franchise.

As for Marshall, I’m not going to lie and say it’s an excellent choice just for the hell of it. He’s most definitely not the first name I would think of to pick up the reigns after Gore Verbinski left. His theatrical directing debut back in 2002 was the multi-Oscar winning Chicago, and he has upcoming the Daniel-Day Lewis, Penelope Cruz and Nicole Kidman-starring Nine (also a musical) – neither film is exactly overflowing with hidden treasure or drunken pirates (or maybe the latter IS - time will tell icon razz Rob Marshall Confirmed To Direct Pirates of the Caribbean 4 …)

However, as I said when he was rumored back in July, it’s refreshing to see Disney think outside of the box and get a director who you wouldn’t immediately think of (although I’m sure they’ve pondered asking Steven Spielberg at one point). I really hope Marshall can bring something new to the table and drag this franchise out of the confusing and uninspired pit it wallowed in with the second and third movies.

What do you think of Marshall apparently being the one to definitely direct Pirates of the Caribbean 4? Would he be your first choice or have you got a long list of other directors before you’d get to him?

Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides is supposedly to start shooting next Spring, and has a general release date set of Summer 2011.

Source: AICN (thanks to /Film)

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  1. I thought Joe Johnston might have been a good choice, but I am glad he is doing CAP

  2. will it be a musical?

  3. Nope, roger, it wont be a musicle and disney, and bruckheimer will NOT let that happen!, to their already successful francise!, they would be stupid to end up letting that happen anyways!.


  5. I had not heard until now that Bloom and Knightley were unlikely to return. Why is this? It’s automatic money! Did they have “creative differences” or something?

  6. I’m glad Knightley and Bloom are done in this series. Their story is over. I’ve always felt that Bloom wasted his career by being a pouting pretty boy. In the first “Pirates” I felt he could be a modern day Errol Flynn. Instead he continued to pump out mediocre performances in mediocre movies (“Kingdom of Heaven” excepted). I like Marshall on this. I want to see this movie toned down from the last two and just as pretty as his “Memoirs of a Geisha.”

  7. No Johnny Depp that would ruin the movie He made Jack Sparrow a household name. It just would not be a good film with someone else in the part or no Captain Jack at all. So come on bring back Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow.

  8. Law of diminishing returns. POC-COTBP was a classic movie, it gave everyone a completely new take on pirates in general, and was simply great fun.

    Both sequels are extremely poor and forgot why the first was such a success.

    I understand not having Bloom in this film, as his character cannot easily return, and due to the fact that he may actually be the worst actor to have ever appeared on screen.

    But not having Keira Knightley back is a big mistake in my opinion, she was great in those films, and sparked well off Depp. And she is hotter than the sun.

    Another bad sequel will only result in punishing the brilliant original.

  9. Pirates of the Caribbean are great movies it is just one problem with the 4th one is that they said it will be based only on Captian Jack. I beleive they should make a movie with the Elizabeth and Will’s child and maybe Captian Jack has a 13 year old daughter forgetting that he was once married.It would be interesting to because Elizabeth and Will’s son could fall in love with Jack Sparrows daughter and then who knows what will happen from that point.

  10. NO NO to son and daughters!! plz dont spoil the movie with family strings! its sucks to see anti-heroes being a parent. Its best to just let em be the initial original character. For example, mummy 3 turned out very dissapointing when a hard ass gun fighter adventurer turned soft! Yes the focus should be on jack and barbossa- it would be fun to see this two iconic characters to play once again. New characters would definitely add the fun aswell. Lets hope it would turn out to be a new trilogy itself

  11. The key to a good family movie (which is what they want)is to have a family conection with others! Anyway Elizabeth and Will already have a son, it was shown after the credits of pirates 3. Jack sparrow could have more to his life anyway because if they are making a movie just on Jack they should have past and present brought into it. Don’t you ever wonder what happened to his family!?

  12. I think KatieRobertson has a graet idea! Having more family to it and not making pirates of the caribbean a horror movie would be great! It adds comedy, love and more intrest to the future pirates that might come into the picture. (like Elizabeth’s and Will’s son falling in love once older.) The key to a great movie is to have all intrests of comedy, drama, love, action, and adventure!

  13. To KatieRobertson,
    Are you honestly SERIOUS? Pirates of the Caribbean is about JACK SPARROW, not side sons and daughters. I don’t want a teen boy adn girl couple blotting out the show with soppy romance like Twilight. I want action-comedy Pirates sequel as worthy as the first one, with new older characters and a great storyline that will do justice to the franchise. Adding unnecessary complexities is exactly why the two Pirates sequels sucked, and family history is included! A quick A to B story like CotBP. That will do. Your idea is what would kill it.

  14. To:DarkAvenger
    Ok, first of, Twilight is crappy and werid and I am a girl talking here so don’t think all girls like Twilight, secondly what do you mean just about Jack Sparrow, that would be boring with just one character. And besides every charecter had a story in the 1st,2nd, and 3rd movie all the characters had their own life story and what they wanted to happen in the world. As in Will wanted to kill Davy Jones to free his father, Norrington wanted his life and posetion back as commadore, and Jack wanted to rule the seas forever and to not have Jones buging him with his pet the Kraken. If there is just one character with one simple story pirates of the caribbean has officaly tured boring.

  15. I don’t know how this sits with me… Loved the first Pirates and pretty much loathed the sequels. I hope this guy knows what hes doing hes got a lot of disappointed fans to please with this 4th movie.

  16. I'm definitely NOT going to watch PotC 4 – for Keira Knightley having too little bust size and thus giving the role to someone else- that's sexism in it's purest form!