By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Disney, Variety
Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End
Though Gore Verbinski originally left the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise to work on Bioshock, that production's inability to gain any ground had some thinking that he might return to the franchise. Nope, it looks like Verbinski needs a break from Pirates, meaning Disney had to look elsewhere.
After an extensive search, it looks like Disney might have made their selection. I guess if he can do fun musicals, Rob Marshall is more than ready for humorous pirates.
Pirates 4 Gets a Marshall
Disney is in talks with Rob Marshall to direct the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean installment. If the studio can get him on deck quick, the planned production start of 2010 can remain on schedule. Besides that, there is also another scheduling issue that must be met. Depp is prepping to star in The Lone Ranger, so Disney needs to wrap production on Pirates 4 before that starts.
Other than deadlines, Disney has other reasons to rush. Besides being a great franchise for audiences, it is also recession proof. the Pirates trilogy grossed $2.6 billion worldwide, a number that is impossible to ignore. More installments should mean similar revenues. Just as long as the story doesn't go to shit.
Sources claim that Marshall is pretty much a guarantee, unless negotiations were to break down last minute.