Maleficent 2 Gets Pirates 5 Director


Although the fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise was labelled a domestic dud, it still managed to pull in almost $800 million worldwide this past summer which really cannot be considered a failure by anyone’s standards. And although reviews were pretty harsh, Disney seems to have been happy enough with the final product to hand over another one of their major tentpole properties to the same filmmaking team. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales was directed by Norwegian filmmakers Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, the same duo behind the Oscar-nominated film Kon-Tiki. Now Ronning is looking to take on Maleficent 2 for Disney. Hit the jump for more info.

According to Deadline, Joachim Ronning is in talks to direct Disney’s upcoming sequel to their 2014 hit Maleficent. Angelina Jolie is attached to reprise her role as the Sleeping Beauty villain and Linda Woolverton (Alice in Wonderland) is once again writing the script, this time with the help of Jez Butterworth (Edge of Tomorrow). The movie is expected to shoot sometime in early 2018.

Ronning seems to have fully embraced Hollywood, having lined up several other studio projects including an adaptation of Michael Crichton’s Micro and an original project for Paramount called Origins. He is also expected to return to the director’s chair for Pirates 6. As for his directing partner Espen Sandberg, he seems to have gone his own way, returning to Norway to direct a biopic about arctic explorer Roald Amundsen. Are you looking forward to Maleficent 2?

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