Earlier this month we heard that Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg were on Disney’s list of potential directors for Pirates of the Caribbean 5, and now Deadline has confirmed that the duo will steer the ship for the fifth film.
The duo come from Norway and are familiar with the high seas having recently directed Kon-Tiki, a film that tells the story of legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal’s epic 4,300 miles crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947. Pirates of the Caribbean 5 will be their first big studio movie after the supernatural action project Spectral didn’t work out for them at Legendary Pictures.
Disney, Johnny Depp and producer Jerry Bruckheimer have all approved the hiring of Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, and it’s just a case of closing the deal. The studio aims to begin shooting either late-2013 or early 2014 so the pair will probably jump straight into pre-production. Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is scheduled for a July 10, 2015 release.
Jeff Nathanson, writer of Rush Hour 2 and 3, Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal, and more recently Tower Heist, was brought on to work on the script earlier this year.
You can check out the trailer for Kon-Tiki below