Two-weeks or so after the release of the near-terrible Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, there’s already a list of directors that Disney is keen on to helm the fifth entry in the quality diving franchise. The list of filmmakers Disney is favoring is a bit surprising. There’s their top pick of Tim Burton, the always busy Sam Raimi, critical darling Alfonso Cuarón, Twilight 2 guy Chris Weitz, and the online venom drawer, Shawn Levy.

Apparently an offer went out to Rob Marshall to return months ago, although he may be too busy with his Thin Man remake (*eye roll*)… Burton was rumored for the fourth film as well, but after Alice in Wonderland and Planet of the Apes, I don’t think I’ll ever be interested in seeing a big Burton action sequence ever again. And considering he’s currently working on Dark Shadows then Frankenweenie, he may be not have the time. Side note, when will see an original Burton film again?

The same goes for Sam Raimi, who will be in the land of Oz until early 2013. As for Cuaron, he’s a choice any sane person should get behind. Not only due to the idea of the great filmmaker getting a huge check, but perhaps he could bring the series back to having an actual pulse and sense of fun. He’s proved himself capable of great spectacle.

Weitz and Levy make the most sense on the list, in terms of Disney getting what they want. They’re directors the studio, Bruckheimer, and co. could probably keep on a strict leash, unlike Raimi or Burton, filmmakers with a good amount of pull.

Come 2013 or (more likely) 2014, we’ll be getting another Pirates film. Hopefully Disney wisely picks a director capable of coherent action, one that has a sense of pacing, and someone with a good sense of fun… everything the series has seriously lacked in the last installment.

Side Note: I’m really hoping Shawn Levy proves us wrong with Real Steel. He’s a guy with a lot of enthusiasm that doesn’t show on the screen much. Based on the trailers, he looks to have gotten the robot bits down.

Source: Cinema Blend


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