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Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Director Rumors Surface, Reminding Us That POTC 5 Is a Thing That Is Happening


Of all the movies coming out in 2015—The Avengers sequel and Star Wars: Episode VII primary among them—Pirates of the Caribbean 5 holds the distinction of being the one approximately nobody cares about seeing. OK, maybe I’m projecting. Maybe there are people for whom the one-two punch of At World’s End and On Stranger Tides didn’t kill the franchise. (How could you do that to Norrington?!)

But, for me, the rumor that POTC 5 is getting close to finding a director resulted in a hearty, disappointed groan.

Who might be given the unenviable task of trying to resurrect the franchise from the depths of Davy Jones’ Locker? According to Deadline Disney has narrowed it down to three possibles, the most well-known of which is Rupert Sanders, who directed Snow White and the Huntsman. There’s also relative newcomer Fredrik Bond, whose only feature film to date is the yet-unreleased The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman (starring Mads Mikkelsen, Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, John Hurt, and Rupert Grint—congrats on your casting). Finishing up the list is Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, who directed the Oscar-nominated Norwegian film Kon-Tiki.

Deadline says Rønning and Sandberg are the front-runners, which would fit in with the trend of foreign directors being brought on to direct studio films (The Last Stand, Snowpiercer, Stoker). I haven’t seen Kon-Tiki, but I’ve heard it’s good. And I haven’t seen Sanders’ Snow White, but I’ve heard it’s bad. And pretty much no one’s see Bond’s Charlie Countryman yet, as it’s just playing in festivals.

But whatever. Disney could resurrect Orson freaking Welles and I wouldn’t be hopeful about this movie. Every time I remember that On Stranger Tides made a billion dollars worldwide, thus allowing for sequels to happen, my brain short circuits.

(via: /Film)

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  • http://twitter.com/RCarterHall Renee Carter Hall

    Guess I’m one of those few people then. :) I wasn’t crazy about AWE when I first saw it, but it grew on me the more I watched it. Less happy with OST, I admit, but there’s part of me that’s hoping they’ll just sort of… act like the events of OST never happened. *shrug*

  • Shae Filbert

    You know, AWE grew on me, too. As long as I ignore the mistakes and stupid writing, it’s not bad at all. OST was just… wrong.

  • Anonymous

    Not going to the movies to watch this. Maybe on bluray, a good while later? POTC made me get sick of Johnny Depp, and that’s unforgivable.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Brown/100003806213451 Mark Brown

    I’m kinda looking forward to it. Hell, just give us another couple of hours of Jack Sparrow and Barbossa’s piratic buddy-comedy and I’ll be fine.

  • Anonymous

    The PotC series is a prime example of too much of a good thing. The most successful film (structurally, narratively, etc) is the first, where Jack Sparrow wasn’t the center of the universe, just a very amusing wild card. When they realized the greatness of the character (or, more accurately, the performance), they focused too much on him and sacrificed epic swashbuckling for slapstick comedy. The CGI fest that was At World’s End was a desperate attempt to cover their previous errors with layers of pretty that instead ended up being a complete mess of endless cameos and labyrinthine plot twists. Not even Blackbeard, the Fountain of Youth, Mermaids, or Ian McShane – who was born to play a pirate – could resurrect this series in On Stranger Tides. How could they lose their way so badly?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ashe.samuels Ashe P. Samuels

    It really is a damn shame.

    These movies have KILLER production design and CGI (with the occasional hiccup, but nothing is flawless), rousing scores and a slew of engaging, committed actors. The setting is fun as well: Victorian-era swashbuckling and romance with supernatural and mythological elements? YUM!

    But the writing, dull romances, pacing and super uneven humor really dragged it down. And, really, that’s the MEAT of the story. No wonder people kept losing interest or throwing their arms up in the air with every new sequel. Maybe a new director could inject some new life into this? Or maybe they’ll do the bare minimum to rake in another billion dollars.

    I want to see this and I really, really, really, really, really, really don’t want to see this.

    Sigh-splosion.

  • http://twitter.com/_Duke_Fleed_ Duke Fleed

    I just wish we had gotten a Monkey Island movie instead of the POTC franchise, honestly. Now, I know the studio suits like to deny that POTC started as a MI movie, but the storyboards and synopsis exist and so did the project until it became POTC instead.

  • http://twitter.com/detfeitetrollet Lily Helen

    Oh, Norrington… The only reason I loved PotC 2 and the reason I never bothered with PotC 3 and 4…

  • Mina

    I mean, obviously there are people who will want to see it, especially on the worldwide scale. But I was just plain piratesed out after the first three. I couldn’t muster any interest in seeing On Stranger Tides, and I have only apathy for the idea of a fifth as well. It’s just too much.

  • Octochan

    I still can’t bring myself to watch On Stranger Tides, since I’ve read the original novel and I swore off the movie if they didn’t put in the scene where someone makes a human corpse into a marionette.

  • Brian

    They didn’t.

  • Brian

    I know I’m in the extreme minority on this, but I liked On Stranger Tides, because it was the first one since the first one that wasn’t trying to be something more than good piratey adventure times.

  • Octochan

    Just as I feared :(

  • Tyler Sypherd

    Wow I’m surprised a comment section with actual good comments lol. The first one the best no doubt, I like a lot about Dead Man’s chest except for the way the characters of the first film were sort of forced into a story they should not have been it (I don’t care what the reason was Jack would never be stupid enough to sell his soul, he cares about himself way too much) resulting in the characters doing things that were very, well, out of character. At Worlds End is a far more flawed film but I liked Jack more in it then DMC and despite it’s flaws it has grown on me, OST is well, not so much a movie as a product that has famous actors dressing up and playing pirate I appreciate that they went back to making it more simple and light hearted but it was very forgettable with no real point or theme story wise and character wise. I am hoping Rønning and Sandberg will be the directors because I really liked Kon-Tiki and I think they can give it the feel of the first film, fingers crossed.

  • Tyler Sypherd

    Wow I’m surprised a comment section with actual good comments lol. The
    first one the best no doubt, I like a lot about Dead Man’s chest except
    for the way the characters of the first film were sort of forced into a
    story they should not have been it (I don’t care what the reason was
    Jack would never be stupid enough to sell his soul, he cares about
    himself way too much) resulting in the characters doing things that were
    very, well, out of character. At Worlds End is a far more flawed film
    but I liked Jack more in it then DMC and despite it’s flaws it has grown
    on me, OST is well, not so much a movie as a product that has famous
    actors dressing up and playing pirate I appreciate that they went back to making it more simple and light hearted but it was very forgettable with no real point or theme story wise and character wise. I am hoping Rønning and Sandberg will be the directors because I really liked Kon-Tiki and I think they can give it the feel of the first film, fingers crossed.

  • http://discord-inc.tumblr.com/ James Fletcher

    And here I thought the Lone Ranger move was supposed to be PotC5, and I’m only half joking when I say that.

  • Anonymous

    This. A lesson Hollywood will never learn when they make their sequels is that by adding more of the ingredient that people liked in the first film, you end up changing the recipe. The first film treated pirates like real villain and Jack Sparrow’s heroism motivated only by opportunism. By the end of the trilogy (I haven’t bothered watching the 4th), the pirates were likeable rebels, the people who tried to fight them were villains (???) and Sparrow was secretly noble.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hodgesstudios Tom Hodges

    Mindless Popcorn fun… Bring on more!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ashe.samuels Ashe P. Samuels

    I made a history blunder, didn’t I?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Laura-Moser/530332165 Laura Moser

    I am excited, and maybe that’s a minority, but I strongly doubt because Stranger Tides did make a billion dollars and was awesome! The only thing I didn’t like was the 3rd movie, with the Jack/Elizabeth stuff and then killing off Will. Stranger Tides was all Johnny Depp/Jack Sparrow, and it IS Funny. It never hurts for a franchise to deliver on a favorite character, and I think they did a great job. I’m excited to see what they have cooked up for the 5th movie. Believe what you’d like, but what ever there doing is working, so until it breaks why change or stop it?

  • BabeWoreRed

    Uh cannot get behind any movie with Johnny Depp after the INCREDIBLY racist and bullshit decision to cast him as Tonto in Lone Ranger. How can anyone possibly forgive that shit?