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'Kon-Tiki' Directing Duo Returns to Sea for 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5'

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May 29, 2013
Source: Deadline

Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg / Pirates

Earlier this month, a very short list surfaced naming directors Fredrik Bond (Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman), Snow White and the Huntsman's Rupert Sanders and Kon-Tiki duo Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg as the potential directors of Pirates of the Caribbean 5, the next sequel in Disney's swashbuckling franchise starring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. Now Deadline has confirmed that the latter directing duo behind one of the five Best Foreign Language Film nominees at the 85th Academy Awards has officially landed the job with Depp and producer Jerry Bruckheimer giving their full approval.

The trailer for Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg's Oscar-nominated Kon-Tiki for an idea of their style:

Negotiations are happening right now as the studio finalizes a script which just recently had a rewrite from Catch Me If You Can scribe Jeff Nathanson. It's undoubtedly the biggest film yet for Rønning and Sandberg, and it could lead to even more high caliber projects if they deliver the goods when the film hits theaters on July 10th, 2015. Disney is hoping to start shooting later this year or early in January of 2014. As of now we don't have any plot details, or even word on returning cast members from the lackluster On Stranger Tides, but we're hoping that this fresh directing duo spices things up a bit in the stale pirate series. Sound good?

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  • N.
    Nice choice this at least makes me interested.......for now
    • Sean
      @3e28d9672234c87955bb637e26acd56c:disqus Yes, it certainly is a very nice choice! I couldn't agree more! :)
  • Nielsen700
    Great choice. Nice to see more Norwegians in Hollywood.
  • DAVIDPD
    Good news, but Disney probably won't let their vision shine.
    • Sean
      @DAVIDPD:disqus I don't see why they wouldn't at this point. They have already been hired to direct Pirates 5.
  • Linkfx
    Kon-Tiki was fantastic with superb vfx
  • http://www.quanahblogs.com/ Quanah
    Good choice, but I feel this franchise has been bled for every nickle. But, it's mindless entertainment, right? And honestly, people need that...like me. ;)
  • Fidel Reyes
    Well the directors seem good! They will most likely make it up to us for that mess of a fourth film that we were given last time by Rob Marshall, I actually am hopeful for this movie.
  • dom
    Great news!
    • Sean
      Yes, it certainly is!!!!!
  • mistermysteryguest
    The WRITING is what's important.
    • Sean
      That's not entirely true. The direction that the director goes with on the movie is even more important then thtat, because we wouldn't want the movie to have great story/plot with great potential but with poor direction like what Rob Marshall did with Pirates 4, now would we ? ;)

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