Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 lands a directorial duo

Kon-Tiki double-act Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg sign on

In what will surely prove a game-changing career move, co-directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg have been appointed by Disney to fill the directors’ chairs on Pirates Of The Caribbean 5.
The duo beat off competition from the likes of Rupert Sanders and Fredrik Bond to secure the position, with both Jerry Bruckheimer and Johnny Depp having signed off on their appointment.
Rønning and Sandberg are best known for their work on Kon-Tiki, their dramatization of Thor Heyerdal’s epic raft-crossing of the Pacific in 1947, which was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Oscar.
If the duo seem like a bit of a gamble on Disney’s part, it’s probably worth remembering that Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was directed by Rob Marshall (who didn't have much experience with tentpole blockbusters), and that film grossed over $1 billion.

The script is currently undergoing rewrites from Jeff Nathanson, with Rønning and Sandberg set to begin work on production towards the end of the year. 

What do you think of the pair's appointment? Tell us, below! 


    • Kellend11

      May 30th 2013, 11:58


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    • RAClements

      May 30th 2013, 12:42


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    • Ali1748

      May 30th 2013, 13:28

      Interesting choice, I hope they bring something new to the table.

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    • Seedorf

      May 30th 2013, 15:10

      Doesn't really matter who they get to direct Pirates 5; people will still flock to see it. Only maybe Uwe Boll could destroy the Pirates franchise.

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    • sofie777

      May 30th 2013, 22:35

      As a fellow Norwegian, I must say I like it!

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    • Hadouken76

      May 30th 2013, 23:33

      The beauty of the first one was that it was an old fashoned swashbuckler, then came the unnecessarily epic follow ups, for which they had to over-complicate an uncomplicated genre, until everyone forgot they were working for Disney and tried to make stretch a convaluted plot over 2 unwanted sequels. The fourth one went back to basics but no-one gave two sh/ts about the romantic interests. So the fifth one will be another excuse to hang a flimsy story over Depps tired old Sparrow schtick, (ooer missus)

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