Rumors are all over the Web that Squirrel Hill native Rob Marshall will direct Johnny Depp's Captain Jack in "Pirates of the Caribbean 4," and Variety is reporting that he's "on the verge" of signing on the dotted line.
Marshall, who directed the Oscar-winning musical "Chicago," has been working on the musical "Nine" with Daniel Day-Lewis for a November release. He would replace Gore Verbinski, who directed the first three "Pirates" films but bowed out of the Disney franchise. IGN.com reports that Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley probably won't be back for the fourth installment.
"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," Variety reports. "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."
By the way . . . Marshall's "Nine," from the Broadway show, should not be confused with the upcoming animated "9," directed by Shane Acker and produced by Tim Burton and Timur "Wanted" Bekmambetov, and "District 9," the live-action, CGI film produced by Peter Jackson and directed by Neill Blomkamp.