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Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 Directors Short List Includes Rupert Sanders And Kon-Tiki Filmmakers

It would seem that Pirates of the Caribbean 5, the inevitable sequel to On Stranger Tides, is starting to raise its sails and get pieces in place. Johnny Depp is once again set to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow and Jerry Bruckheimer is back as a producer, however, one very important element that's still missing is a director. Rob Marshall, who helmed the last film, won't be back, but Deadline has found out the names of the filmmakers who might take over at the wheel.

Fredrik Bond, who recently directed the Shia LaBeouf-starring action comedy The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman; Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, directors of last year's Oscar-nominated adventure film Kon-Tiki; and Rupert Sanders, best known for Snow White and the Huntsman, are all now being considered as the directors of the franchise sequel. Bruckheimer is apparently a big fan of Bond's work, though it looks as though Ronning and Sandberg are looking like more likely candidates for the job. The studio has not sent an offer out to anybody yet.

The movie has already been given a release date, with Disney announcing that it will be in theaters on July 10, 2015. Deadline says that production will begin either at the end of this year or at the beginning of 2014. A director should be in place soon. Jeff Nathanson, whose credits include Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can and Brett Ratner's Tower Heist, is writing the screenplay. At this time there are no details available about the plot.

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