Sørhaug and duo Rønning-Sandberg head to the US
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Hollywood has signed up Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg for Pirates of the Caribbean 5, and Eva Sørhaug for The Godmother
Norwegian directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, who most recently signed the Golden Globe- and Oscar-nominated Kon-Tiki [+see also:
film profile] (2012), will shoot Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in Queensland, Australia – the biggest film production staged so far in the country. The fifth instalment in the Walt Disney Pictures blockbuster series will also be the most significant international venture for Rønning-Sandberg, after they directed the French-American action-comedy-thriller Bandidas [+see also:
film profile], starring Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz, in 2006.
Depicting the adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp, who has been confirmed for the new sequel, as has Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa), the production of Dead Men Tell No Tales was reportedly located in Queensland after the Australian government approved tax incentives worth €16 million. Scripted by Stuart Beattie, Ted Elliott and theirscreenwriter team, the swashbuckling adventure will be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and principal photography will start next year. It has been scheduled for a 7 July 2017 US release.
Meanwhile, Norwegian director Eva Sørhaug, who in her latest film, 90 Minutes [+see also:
film profile] (2012), followed three men in the hour and a half leading up to the moment when they commit a murder, will upgrade to international crime in her first Hollywood movie, The Godmother, which will shoot from early next year.
British actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, who won an Oscar for her performance in the 2002 musical Chicago, will portray the Colombian-born Griselda Blanco, who earned her title of The Godmother (aka La Madrina and the Black Widow) during her reign of terror in the Miami drug war of the 1970s and 1980s.
The so-called Queen of Narco-Trafficking covered the whole of the US with her network, which brought in a monthly €60 million; she was suspected to have ordered more than 200 people killed. She was arrested in 1985 and imprisoned until 2012, when she was deported to Colombia, where she was killed later that year.
After getting a Norwegian bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, Sørhaug studied filmmaking at the San Francisco Academy of Art University and the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts.
From a script by Frank Baldwin, Daniela Cretu will produce and Nicholas Pileggi executive-produce The Godmother for First Born Films.