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The short list of Pirates of the Caribbean 5 directors

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Even with the critical pummeling that Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is getting, the picture is making good return on Disney's investment: $639 million dollars in worldwide box office so far and still counting. With that kind of success, who needs good reviews?

We already knew last month that a script for the proposed Pirates of the Caribbean 5 had been turned in by screenwriter Terry Rossio, one-half of the team that brought us the storylines for Pirates 1 - 4. The storyline of the fifth-quel is still under lock and key, but an overture was made to On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall earlier in the year to come back and direct the fifth movie. No deal has been signed, and based on the gossip that movie website Cinema Blend has heard, Marshall may have declined the offer or it's been resended.

The CB source states that there are five new names being talked about as possible directors for Pirates 5: Alfonso Cuaron (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), Chris Weitz (The Golden Compass), Sam Raimi (Spider-Man), Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) and the supposed top candidate, Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland).

Burton's longstanding friendship with Johnny Deep and already established relationship with Disney (Alice in Wonderland made over $1 billion worldwide in theaters for Disney) make him the obvious favorite. That said, would he even be interested in making a movie within the Pirates franchise since it requires filming in the sunlight?

The other four are all established director with major hits to their names, as well as proven experience in handling blockbusters that require major attention to special effects (something that On Stranger Tides' Marshall lacked.) But even if they landed one of the four others, it's likely that no one could woo Depp to play Captain Jack sooner than if Tim Burton got interested in casting off for a seaside adventure.

And so the waiting begins...

-Cinema Blend.
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