Rob Marshall the Frontrunner for Pirates of the Caribbean 4?
Apparently Gore Verbinski won't be returning. Variety reports today that since Disney is pushing forward with a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie for 2011, they need to find a new director, and apparently their top choice is Rob Marshall. Marshall is an Oscar nominated director with three big films under his belt: Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha, and the upcoming musical Nine. They report that: "While Marshall's involvement wasn't immediately confirmed, sources said things look good enough that the studio has begun casting new characters that will appear in the picture." Really? This is the best director they could find?
While there is a chance that things could change, "sources say unless things break down at the last moment, Marshall will be steering the pirate vehicle's next installment." Let me be the first to say that this is a very odd and altogether frustrating choice of director. I'm probably going to get a lot of flack for this, but I really don't like Marshall. Not a fan of any of his movies, not even looking forward to Nine. He does not seem like the right guy to tackle a huge, gritty franchise like Pirates of the Caribbean. And if they're just bringing him on to try and make it glossier, like his movies, then damnit, I'm not looking forward to this. Thoughts?