August 1, 2009

Disney eyeing Rob Marshall for ‘Pirates’

U.S. entertainment company Walt Disney is eyeing Rob Marshall to direct the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, unidentified sources say.

Variety reported Friday if the Walt Disney Co. does hire Marshall to direct the newest Pirates sequel, production could begin sometime in 2010.

The director's post for the fourth film in the profitable film franchise has been vacant since Gore Verbinski, director of the first three, decided to pursue an alternative movie project.

The first three Pirates films have grossed $2.6 billion worldwide for Disney to date.

Sources said Disney officials and Pirates producer Jerry Bruckheimer have begun casting for the fourth flick, supporting speculation Marshall will be on board soon.

Among Marshall's directorial efforts are Memoirs of a Geisha and Chicago.