With Gore Verbinski moving on to other projects and passing on the opportunity to direct Pirates of the Caribbean 4, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney have been meeting with a number of directors in recent weeks and they may have found their director. According to Variety, the studio is on the verge of hiring Rob Marshall (Nine, Chicago) to direct the film.
Although Marshall’s involvement hasn’t been confirmed, the studio has already begun casting new characters for the film and sources say unless things break down at the last minute, Marshall is a lock.
The most recent film the franchise, 2007’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, grossed $309.4 million ($961 million worldwide). Collectively, the three films have grossed $1.04 billion domestically and $2.68 billion worldwide.