Rupert Sanders & Up and Coming Directors Shortlisted for 'Pirates 5'
by Ethan Anderton
May 9, 2013
Now that the team behind The Lone Ranger is wrapping up their film for the summer release, they're getting back to Disney's high seas adventure franchise starring Johnny Depp. Yes, there's still a Pirates of the Caribbean 5 on the way, and now Disney is ready to line up a director the new sequel following the lackluster attempt from director Rob Marshall. Deadline says there are three potential directors in mind (technically four), and they are Fredrik Bond (The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman), Kon-Tiki duo Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg and Snow White and the Huntsman's Rupert Sanders.
Sanders is certainly the most high profile choice out of the group, and a safer bet, but Disney is also likely looking to save some money by giving an up and coming helmer a chance to enter the blockbuster world. Bond made a decent splash with his stylish thriller Charlie Countryman at Sundance earlier this year (our own Alex Billington loved it), and he could do some cool stuff with the franchise. The interesting choice is Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, with no tentpole experience, but a style all their own, and they just might be the frontrunners right now. Disney will likely make a choice soon with production slated for late this year or early 2014 working with a script form Jeff Nathanson of Catch Me If You Can.