Avast! ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5’ Plunders New Directors

By May 30, 2013

Shiver me timbers! It looks like Disney has scored a couple of red-hot directors for the upcoming fifth installment in their Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Deadline is reporting that Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, the directors of the Best Foreign Language Oscar-nominated movie Kon-Tiki, will steer the ship for the continuing adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow.

I haven’t had a chance to see Kon-Tiki yet, but it follows a man’s journey of 4,300 miles while he crossed the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947 in an effort to prove it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about it so far, and you can check out the trailer below:

Seems like these guys know their way around the water, which has to be a big plus in Disney’s eyes. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was slight but fun, and handing the reins to a talented-but-untested-in-blockbuster-waters directing team like this speaks volumes about the risk the Mouse House is willing to take to keep this franchise relevant and interesting. (It helps that the studio could probably get them for cheap, too.)

A 2015 release date for Pirates 5 is already being eyed, which would mean that Disney would have at least three of the world’s biggest film franchises – The Avengers, Star Wars, and Pirates – released in the same calendar year. They better start clearing space now for all the money they’re going to make on that combo; it’s shaping up to be so much that even Uncle Scrooge won’t be able to swim through all of it.

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