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Disney Taps ‘Kon-Tiki’ Filmmakers to Direct ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5’

Disney has already set release date of July 10, 2015

Disney has selected “Kon-Tiki” helmers Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg for the directing duties for “Pirates Of The Caribbean 5.”

Disney is in final negotiations for the Norwegian duo to come on board the tentpole with Johnny Depp returning as Captain Jack Sparrow and Jerry Bruckheimer producing. The studio has already set a July10, 2015, worldwide release date.

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Disney is planning to begin shooting late this year or early next year. Ronning and Sandberg were nominated for this year’s foreign language Oscar for “Kon-Tiki,” which was shot almost entirely on water — an experience that probably made them attractive candidates for the “Pirates” gig. The pair were also on Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch list this year.

The Mouse House tapped “Catch Me if You Can” scribe Jeff Nathanson early this year to pen the “Pirates of the Caribbean 5” script. That screenplay has been delivered but plot details remain under wraps as do whether actors from past installments such as Geoffrey Rush or Keira Knightley will reprise their roles.

The “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise has grossed more than $3.5 billion worldwide with the 2011 “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” topping the $1 billion milestone.

“Kon-Tiki,” made for $16 million, has grossed more than $20 million worldwide including $708,668 from a month of limited release in the U.S. The movie follows the 1947 expedition of anthropologist and explorer Thor Heyerdahl as he sailed from South America to the Polynesian Islands on a wooden raft.

“Kon-Tiki” premiered in August at the Norwegian Film Festival in Haugesund, and also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. The movie is Norway’s most expensive feature ever and has grossed over $14 million in that nation.

The duo is repped by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

Ronning and Sanberg had been in talks to direct Legendary’s supernatural thriller “Spectral” but fell out of that project to focus their efforts on “Pirates of the Caribbean 5.” Legendary has found a replacement with commercials director Nic Matthieu in talks to direct.

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