Director Rob Marshall offered his first public comment on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, confirming that he’ll be directing the film. The director was on hand for a Q&A that took place after the DGA screening of his latest film NINE and had to little to say about the project, noting only that he didn’t expect to say yes to it and how he recently spoke with Johnny Depp:
First, let me just get the HUGE scoop out of the way: when asked about his next project (by Nora Ephron, who hosted the Q&A), he replied ‘y’know, it’s something that I was offered and never in the world thought I would do but then I was like ‘why not?’… I’m doing ‘Pirates of the Caribbean….”’ That’s right– Rob Marshall is directing the next installment of the ‘Pirates’ franchise. The only additional thing he mentioned about it was that he had a wonderful meeting with Johnny a little while ago and that they’re both excited to work together.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is scheduled to hit theaters in summer 2011.