A choice just cool enough to be confusing.

People like the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, and Johnny Depp likes acting in it, so there's really no reason for Disney to ever stop using it to print money. Acceptance of this harsh reality makes any good news about the series seem almost miraculous.

Not too long ago, a short list of possible Pirates of the Caribbean 5 directors came out. Of that list, by far the most interesting were Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, directors of Kon-Tiki. I haven't actually seen Kon-Tiki, but I have read Jordan Hoffman's review. Massive marine life scares the shit out of me, so I'm at once attracted to and terrified of this film.

Now, Deadline reports that Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg have in fact won the title of Top Pirates of the Caribbean Part 5 Dogs. If there were ever a chance of this fifth entry being interesting, this is it. I'm not saying I'm excited to see it or anything, but I'm a lot more open than I was before this news. Hopefully Part 5 will make sense to people (all two of us) who did not see Pirates of the Caribbean Part 4: Citizens on Patrol.

They'll have to work fast, though. Disney wants Pirates of the Caribbean 5 filming this winter for a 2015 release. That gives them negative six months to come up with an interesting story, so they have a lot of catching up to do.