‘Kon-Tiki’ Helmers Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg Land ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean 5′

EXCLUSIVE: As Deadline Hollywood predicted last month, the Kon-Tiki directing team of Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg have landed the job directing Pirates Of The Caribbean 5. Disney, Johnny Depp and producer Jerry Bruckheimer have all signed off on the choice, and negotiations are underway on a deal that will make quickly. The duo will come aboard to prep the massive movie for a late year or early January start.

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The studio is getting the script ship-shape, and they are bullish after getting a rewrite from Jeff Nathanson. This is an enormous coup for the Norwegian directing team who just fell out of the Legendary Pictures film Spectral. I’d written recently about Disney’s short list, and the fact these guys were atop it. Fredrik Bond, who helmed The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman, was also on the list as was Snow White And The Huntsman helmer Rupert Sanders.This is a game-changing job for a director or directing team, and it’s a case of these guys getting hot at exactly the right time. All of the momentum for Rønning and Sandberg came from their remarkable Best Foreign Language Oscar-nominated film Kon-Tiki, a dramatization of Thor Heyerdal’s epic 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947, in an effort prove it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times. They made a lot of movie with a little money and showed they knew how to shoot on the water. As for Disney, the studio made an unexpected choice for the last film, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, with Rob Marshall, and that grossed over $1 billion. The directors are repped by UTA, which also reps Depp and Jeff Nathanson, so this is a pretty big piece of business for that agency. They are managed by Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

Comments (43)

  • WTF happened to this franchise?

    Part one was sooooooo good and then… poop.

    Brucky should be more involved here. These movies suck.

    Comment by Captain Caveman!!!! — Wednesday May 29, 2013 @ 4:23pm PDT  
    • I liked the 4th one the best. It’s all very subjective.

      Comment by 2 cents — Wednesday May 29, 2013 @ 5:55pm PDT  
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      Comment by smsiddiq — Thursday May 30, 2013 @ 7:50am PDT  
  • Johnnie Depp should do a real movie where he plays a real character. He’s turning into a joke. Whatever happened to Donnie Brasco or Benny and June or Gilbert Grape. Johnnie come back from under the make up. Enough already.

    Comment by Enough already — Wednesday May 29, 2013 @ 4:30pm PDT  
  • I know I am crazy to ask the studios to kill their cash cow, or to expect Johnny Depp to go to his independent roots and create original interesting characters instead of collecting $$ to pay off his 75 million Dollars yacht. But for the love of humanity enough with the sequels. Please stop this insanity. Would the studios, at least stop after the 3rd installment, and not reboot the darn film for 20 years; so the new up and coming audience members enjoy it? I mean doesn’t Disney have multiple rides that he can turn into new films? Film business has become the old TV series with a fat ticket price attached to it, while most interesting stories are told on the TV. I am off to the gym to burn off some of this negative vibe. I mean F_ _ K!!!!

    Comment by burnout — Wednesday May 29, 2013 @ 4:31pm PDT  
  • Best joke I heard for years….perhaps Disney wants the film to go straight to video… not sure of how many of you saw Kon-Tiki film but for me it was a travesty that it got a nomination…. the film was so badly directed and everybody went with it – another “Emperors new cloths” situation… as #5, “Pirates of the Caribbean” has to bring something new, innovative rather that this Norwegian lost duo….. got this business sucks because of people who have their heads up their asses…. my honest opinion!!!!!!

    Comment by gino50 — Wednesday May 29, 2013 @ 4:32pm PDT  
  • It’s gotten to a point where people are going to just go to see “Pirates” because they feel like they’re supposed to, and just sit in a daze at the theaters.

    Sort of like church.

    Comment by Michael — Wednesday May 29, 2013 @ 4:34pm PDT  
    • Ooh so edgy!

      Comment by Banjoman — Thursday May 30, 2013 @ 6:34am PDT  
    • You pretty much hit the nail on the head. I haven’t enjoyed any of the Pirates films since the first, and yet I’ve seen all of them in the theaters and I will end up seeing this one as well. I think it comes from hopefulness that the series can return to the quality of the first film, however delusional that may be at this point.

      Comment by bmg — Thursday May 30, 2013 @ 7:52am PDT  
    • Haw! One of the funniest analogies I’ve ever seen posted here.

      Comment by Aggregator — Thursday May 30, 2013 @ 11:58am PDT  
  • They must not suck too much, they still make billions, and this one might do better overseas, than here in the states.

    Comment by lsb — Wednesday May 29, 2013 @ 4:35pm PDT  
    • Please don’t tell me you think there is any correlation between revenue and quality. You know what other movies have made billions? The Star Wars prequels and the Transformers series, not to mention Alice in Wonderland. ‘Nuff said.

      Comment by ptc — Thursday May 30, 2013 @ 7:55am PDT  
    • Movies that do better overseas than domestically are kinda the dictionary definition of sucky movies.

      Comment by Aggregator — Thursday May 30, 2013 @ 11:59am PDT  
  • Kudos to the Pirate franchise for landing a terrific duo, UTA for a great package, and ignore sour grapes!

    Comment by Secret Agent — Wednesday May 29, 2013 @ 4:37pm PDT  
  • The Kon Tiki guys are just what the Pirates franchise needs for a return to form. They will make P5 the best one since the first.

    Comment by BigFan — Wednesday May 29, 2013 @ 4:50pm PDT  
    • It isn’t the director, the directing has been fine if uninspired for the last several. The difference is the fantastic script of the first followed by the completely impenetrable drivel of the 2-4.

      Comment by jer — Wednesday May 29, 2013 @ 6:17pm PDT  
    • I couldn’t agree more!

      Comment by Sean B — Wednesday May 29, 2013 @ 7:40pm PDT  
  • Awesome news!!! Kon Tiki was brilliant!!

    Comment by A.J. — Wednesday May 29, 2013 @ 5:03pm PDT  
  • Seriously guys? This is going to be your next movie after Oscar nominated Kon Tiki? Seriously? Why?

    Comment by Becky — Wednesday May 29, 2013 @ 5:17pm PDT  
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