Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg beat out Fredrik Bond of 'The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman' and Rupert Sanders of 'Snow White and the Huntsman' in the competition for the coveted gig.
Disney is confirmed to hire directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg to work on "Pirates of the Caribbean 5". To land the helming gig, the duo behind the lens for 2012's "Kon-Tiki" has beaten out such strong contenders as Fredrik Bond of "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman" and Rupert Sanders of "Snow White and the Huntsman".
Breaking the news first, Deadline reports that producer Jerry Bruckheimer has set his eyes on the Norwegian pair from the very beginning. Bruckheimer, Disney and the franchise's star Johnny Depp are said to "have all signed off" on the duo to direct the sequel to 2011's "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides".
Ronning and Sandberg are expected to start the production later this year or in early January as the studio has set a July 10, 2015 release for the much-anticipated flick. It is still unknown who will return to reprise roles besides Depp, and who will be featured as new members in the cast.
Ronning and Sandberg's "Kon-Tiki" was nominated at Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film. It dramatized Thor Heyerdal's infamous 1947 Pacific crossing on a raft. Starring Pal Sverre Valheim Hagen, the feature was the highest-grossing film of 2012 in Norway and considered the country's most expensive production to date.