Back in July it was reported that Rob Marshall, director of Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha and upcoming musical Nine, was in negotiations with Disney to direct Pirates of the Caribbean 4. Since then the film got a name change (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) and Johnny Depp wasn’t sure if he still wanted to do it. Well at a recent screening of Nine Marshall spoke briefly about the film, and it seems things have worked out nicely:
When asked about his next project (by Nora Ephron, who hosted the Q&A), he replied ‘y’know, it’s something that I was offered and never in the world thought I would do but then I was like ‘why not?’… I’m doing ‘Pirates of the Caribbean….”’ The only additional thing he mentioned about it was that he had a wonderful meeting with Johnny a little while ago and that they’re both excited to work together.
It will be interesting to see where Marshall takes the franchise. Because of the scale and cost of the last two films Disney want to tone things down slightly, so we should hopefully get a movie similar to the first film.