Who's on the Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 director shortlist?

News Simon Brew 10 May 2013 - 06:35
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There's no Rob Marshall or Gore Verbisnki - so who's going to be directing Johnny Depp in Pirates Of The Caribbean 5?

It's little secret that Disney is pressing ahead with a fifth Pirates Of The Caribbean movie, which has already been scheduled for the summer of 2015. After all, it's arguably now the most critic-proof franchise on the planet, outside of Transformers. The last three films have been really quite poor (with the odd spark), and have gone on to make huge buckets of cash. That On Stranger Tides took over $1bn worldwide remains baffling, given its side ability to cure insomnia.

For the fifth film, it now seems all but certain that another new director is being recruited. Gore Verbisnki, who helmed the first three, was never likely to return. Rob Marshall, who directed the fourth, was a possible, but according to the latest reports, he's not on the shortlist.

So who is? Well, some interesting choices. The frontrunners are apparently the duo of Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg. They're behind the Norwegian drama Kon-Tiki, about the explorer Thor Heyerdahl who spends 101 days crossing the Pacific Ocean on a raft. Shooting on water box firmly ticked there, then.

Also in the running is apparently Fredrik Bond, who directed The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman. Rupert Sanders, who isn't directing the sequel to his hit movie Snow White And The Huntsman has also being mentioned.

These are, on the whole, interesting choices. Our fear would be that they get plugged into the Hollywood system and have to do Hollywood things, rather than shape the film they want. But we'll keep you posted as we hear more.


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Pirates 2 was okay. 3 was terrible and I can't even remember a single moment of 4. No desire for another.

I will quite openly confess I paid to see POTC: On Stranger Tides in a cinema, I enjoyed it (more than the 2nd and 3rd movies actually), and have watched it a couple of times at home since. I have no regrets, and would happily go to see a 5th film.
I really loved the visuals in Snow White - so Rupert Sanders could be interesting from that POV.

1 was excellent, 2 was Ok, 3 was Ok, 4 was nothing.

It's all well and good listing some unexpected and interesting directors, but until the powers that be fix the massive plot holes and find an engaging script not built on named pirates for named pirates sake, we'll still run into the same problems as 3 and 4.

I'm not sure which depresses me more. That people still pay to see the Pirates sequels or the Transformer sequels.

It still amazes me that the Powers that Be in Hollywood managed to make the pirate genre boring...

I have enjoyed all the Pirates movies,the Transformers movies on the other hand ...eughgh

Pirates 1 was great,2 was great,3 was so-so,4 was good

Not sure what they are going to do for another two films though

Man, I came to this article so ready to be disappointed. This, however, is a bold, risky and intelligent choice, giving a platform for new talent... Huh. Touche. You proved me wrong.



Who cares? Have a 7 year old film it on a smart phone for all I'm bothered.

Actually, I like both PoTC and Transformers franchise and watched every one of them in theater !

Why is this news? WHY WHY WHY! Who wants more of these odious films?

In what sense?

Love this hehe. Hope these two directors from my home country gets it :-)

The first one and On Stranger Tides were the best, the first for obvious reasons (Johnny Depp, Johnny Depp....Johnny Depp)
And the second because there weren't any triple-quadruple-tricksy pirate double crosses and also because it cut the Will and Elizabeth stuff right out. So hopefully with that to build on, whoever directs 5 will do a good job.

Pirates 4 was a good watch. 2 and 3 were a bit rubbish. i love pirate and muketeer movies!!!

"Who wants more of these odious films?"

The studio executives who looked at the balance sheet from the last film

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