Rob Marshall Confirmed as Director of Pirates of the Caribbean 4
So it was first rumored back in July that Oscar nominated director Rob Marshall (of both Chicago and Memoirs of a Geisha previously) might be taking over Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean franchise in place of Gore Verbinski. As much as I didn't want this to happen, it turns out that it definitely is Marshall's job (at least as long as Disney convinces Johnny Depp to return and shoot this next year). Marshall recently appeared at a DGA screening of his new film Nine (another musical) and, according to a report on AICN (via The Playlist), confirmed that Pirates of the Caribbean was next for him. Here's what AICN's reader said.
I just saw the DGA screening of Rob Marshall's latest movie, NINE tonight and stayed for the Q & A after, so I thought I'd write in to share my thoughts. First, let me just get the HUGE scoop out of the way: when asked about his next project (by Nora Ephron, who hosted the Q&A), he replied '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….”' That's right-- Rob Marshall is directing the next installment of the 'Pirates' franchise. The only additional thing he mentioned about it was that he had a wonderful meeting with Johnny a little while ago and that they're both excited to work together.
While that's hardly an official confirmation from Disney, it does sound like Marshall is on-board as long as Disney gets this into production in 2010 as originally planned. But why am I so upset? Because Marshall is a director of glorious, gorgeous musicals, not gritty action-adventure movies like Pirates of the Caribbean. I have no clue how he's going to handle a project this epic and with this much water, but I hope he doesn't screw it up. I'll be a bit nervous with him in the director's chair, but admittedly still curious to see if Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is a return to form. Who knows how the fourth one will even turn out?