Disney have indeed made a quick decision and Deadline’s suggestion that the Kon-Tiki team of Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are the likely front runners to direct Pirates of the Caribbean 5, becomes true!
Starring Johnny Depp and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer a fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie is set for release on July 10th, 2015.
Rob Marshall, who directed the last Pirates of the Caribbean film, was rumored to return, but wasn’t to come back since he’s doing new Disney movie, the darkly comic mash-up of classic fairy tales, Into the Woods.
Other two contenders for the director’s chair included, Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) and Fredrik Bond (The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman) and the studio is expected to make a final decision within the next few weeks.
Meanwhile, Rønning and Sandberg are assured to start prepping Pirates 5 right away in order to start production later this year or early 2014.
Jeff Nathanson was hired back in January, to rewrite the original draft by Terry Rossio that was completed before Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides even hit theaters in 2011.
Kon-Tiki was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar and showed the duo could handle the rigors of a water shoot. Besides, Rønning and Sandberg were recently attached to a film called Spectral at Legendary, but have since dropped out to focus their efforts on the Pirates job.