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!)
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.