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