Disney is in the process of finalizing a deal to have Norwegian directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg take the helm of Pirates Of The Caribbean 5. The pair have an ocean-worthy credential on their resume already, having directed last year’s Best Foreign Language Oscar-nominated sea-going adventure Kon-Tiki. The duo beat out other reported studio shortlisters including The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman director Fredrik Bond and Snow White And The Huntsman‘s Rupert Sanders.
The studio is moving quickly to get the film into production by the year’s end or early 2014 at the latest. Jeff Nathanson has recently turned in a rewrite of the script, originally penned by Terry Rossio, one of half of the original Pirates franchise screenwriters.
Returning to the franchise are star Johnny Depp and producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
Although Kon-Tiki earned Rønning and Sandberg plenty of critical acclaim, they have a tough remit ahead of them, not having directed the type of big budget tent-pole picture that the Pirates franchise consists of. But with Kon-Tiki they have shown that they know how to make something look epic on a small budget, something I am sure that the studio is hoping that they will be able to bring to bear on this film.