After Gore Verbinski (Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl) and Rob Marshall (Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), this time the director's chair will have to be widened a bit to accommodate two microphone wielders: Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg. The duo are probably best known for the Scandinavian sailing adventure Kon-Tiki (2012), where they proved their saltwater credentials with aplomb.
Given that Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) eventually grossed over $1 billion this latest announcement isn't terribly surprising. Nor is the fact that Johnny Depp is also due to return, after his other Bruckheimer diversion, The Lone Ranger (2013), didn't pan out as expected.
In total, there will be a six-year gap between On Stranger Tides and the new instalment. And to make you feel really old, it'll have been a 14-year gap since the original film once Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales drenches the screen on 7 July 2017 – significantly later than its original planned 2015 release date, first mooted back in September last year.