Tim Burton to direct ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean 5’?

Longtime Depp collaborator is apparently top of Disney's list

Tim Burton is being eyed to direct the next Pirates Of The Caribbean movie.

Johnny Depp‘s longtime collaborator is apparently top of the list to look after the actor’s potential fifth outing as Captain Jack Sparrow.

The initial trilogy in Disney‘s seafaring franchise were helmed by Gore Verbinski, while the current film On Stranger Tides was looked after Rob Marshall. But with Marshall yet to sign for a follow-up, the studio has assembled a list of directors to replace him, according to Cinema Blend.

Alongside Burton, preferred names include Shawn Levy, Sam Raimi, Chris Weitz and Alfonso Cuaron. Disney apparently wanted Burton for the fourth movie but could not reach a deal.

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However, Depp himself has yet to officially commit to a fifth film, saying: “Boils down to story, script and filmmaker. It’s not something where I would say, ‘Let’s shoot it next month and get it out by Christmas 2012. We should hold off for a bit. They should be special, just like they are special to me.”

Depp and Burton will work together next on Dark Shadows.

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