Walt Disney Pictures, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and Johnny Depp are ready to move forward with Pirates of the Caribbean 5 now with a director now in place – well, two actually.
Earlier this month Deadline revealed a short list of directors who were up for the job with Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki) on the top of that list. They are now reporting the job is indeed theirs.
The directing duo of Rønning and Sandberg are hot right now. Their film Kon-Tiki, a dramatization of Thor Heyerdal’s epic 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947, to prove it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times, was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Oscar.
According to Deadline: “They made a lot of movie with a little money and showed they knew how to shoot on the water.”
No plot details are known yet, but don’t be surprised if they reunite with their Bandidas star Penelope Cruz
The “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise has grossed more than $3.5 billion worldwide with the 2011 “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” topping the $1 billion milestone.
The studio has already set a July 10, 2015, worldwide release date.