Rob Marshall Likely to Direct Pirates of the Caribbean 4

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It looks like Pirates of the Caribbean 4 has found a director.

Rob Marshall, who was behind the camera for Oscar-winning Chicago, will jump into Disney's never-ending franchise, according to Variety.

The publication reports that Marshall is "on the verge" of joining the series, allowing the highly-anticipated film to be back back on track for a 2010 production start.

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Johnny Depp will return as Captain Jack Sparrow, though the status of Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley are in doubt. Most insiders expect neither to be asked back.

"Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney have been meeting with a number of directors in recent weeks, because the studio wants to pull the Pirates film together and have Depp star in it before he does The Lone Ranger for the producer and the studio," read the article in Variety. "While Marshall's involvement wasn't immediately confirmed, sources said things look good enough that the studio has begun casting new characters that will appear in the picture."

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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Quotes

Captain Jack Sparrow: Captain, I wish to report a mutiny! I can name fingers and point names.
Blackbeard: No need, Mr. Sparrow. They are sheep. You, their Shepherd.

Did everyone see that? Because I will *not* be doing it again.

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