KON-TIKI Helmers Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg Will Direct PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 5

     May 29, 2013


Disney has finally settled on a director for the upcoming fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, and it’s a somewhat surprising choice.  We learned earlier this month that Disney had narrowed the director list down to Fredrik Bond (The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman), Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki), and Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman), and now Deadline reports that the directing duo of Rønning and Sandberg has landed the job.  Rønning and Sandberg are best known for helming last year’s Norwegian action/adventure film Kon-Tiki, which was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar.  Hit the jump for more.

joachin-ronning-espen-sandberg-pirates-of-the-caribbean-5Producer Jerry Bruckheimer is said to have been keen on Rønning and Sandberg landing the Pirates of the Caribbean 5 gig from the start, and he, Disney, and Johnny Depp have all signed off on the duo to take over directing duties from On Stranger Tides helmer Rob Marshall for the next Pirates pic.  Negotiations are underway, and Rønning and Sandberg are poised to start prepping Pirates 5 immediately in order to start production later this year or in early January.

Pirates 5 took a bit of time to put together, as Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides raked in over $1 billion at the box office but suffered from a mixed critical reception.  Marshall didn’t really seem like he knew how to handle a large-scale action/adventure pic, but I’m eager to see how Rønning and Sandberg adjust to the world of tentpole moviemaking.  Disney is apparently bullish on Pirates 5 after a recent script rewrite from Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can).  It’s unclear which cast members—if any—will be returning alongside Depp, but we should hear more about the film soon as the production startdate looms closer.  Pirates of the Caribbean 5 will open in theaters on July 10, 2015.


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  • Hop

    Kon-Tiki was a great, old-fashioned, feel-good film. It was action packed, beautifully shot, well acted, and unbelievably tense. Here’s hoping Pirates is cool again.

  • Eweisze

    I would love if they cast one actress like Romola Garai for the new female part and leave Penelope Cruz in the island…

    • Sean

      @Eweisze Nah, I ‘d prefer if they have Penelope Cruz return in Pirates 5, playing the role of Angelica ‘Jack Sparrows former flame’. She was great in Pirates 4 :) .

  • Liz

    Now I’m actually looking forward to it. Oh, and because the article says it’s unclear which cast members will return: Gibbs will be back! Kevin McNally was at a Supernatural Con this weekend, so I asked him, and he said yes. He also said they’d start shooting next year.

    • Sean

      Thank you for mentioning that :) . Also, He said they will start filming next year, but not later this year ?

      • Liz

        Sure! :) I may remember it wrong, but I’m quite sure he said next year. But we’ll see, I mean, things can change and everything.

      • Sean

        Oh, okay.

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