We heard earlier this year that Gore Verbinski would not be returning to direct the next Pirates of the Caribbean film, and up until now there hadn’t been much talk of a replacement. This week, however, the word has come down that Disney is finally close to finding a new captain for this ship, and it’s not necessarily someone you’d expect to see helming a Jerry Bruckheimer blockbuster. The man is question is Rob Marshall, director of the Academy Award-winning musical Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha and the upcoming musical Nine. Are they planning to add some Jack Sparrow song-and-dance numbers or what?
Pirates 4 is expected to be the start of a new trilogy, but Disney is apparently hoping to get the first one in the can before they start production on The Lone Ranger, which Johnny Depp will also be starring in. I doubt that Rob Marshall is a name that will get many fans overly excited, but I’m sure he’ll be a competent choice. It does, however, bring up the question of just how important a director is for the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Gore Verbinski rarely seemed to get much credit for his direction on these massive films, but I tend to think his contributions are more significant than many people realize. What do you think, will Rob Marshall be able to fill Gore Verbinski’s shoes? Is the world ready for another Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy?