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No Pirates, no Mortal Instruments - Norwegian directors must wait

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- Norwegian directors Espen Sandberg, Joachim Rønning and Harald Zwart's Hollywood projects, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes, have been postponed

No Pirates, no Mortal Instruments - Norwegian directors must wait

Two major Hollywood movies with Norwegian directors assigned - Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, by Kon-Tiki [+see also:
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directors Espen Sandberg-Joachim Rønning (photo), and The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes, the sequel of Harald Zwart's TMI: City of Bones - have been postponed, Pirates allegedly till March, TMI indefinitely.

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"We have an outline everyone loves, but the script is not done," said US producer Jerry Bruckheimer, whose Jerry Bruckheimer Films is producing the €225+ million adventure action movie with Walt Disney Pictures; he is now looking to a summer 2016 release. News comes in the aftermath of the box office failure of US director Gore Verbinsky's The Lone Ranger, which is expected to cost Disney a €140 million write-down. The latest Pirates film, US director Rob Marshall's On Stranger Tides (2011), grossed €0.8 billion.

The delay is not due to the American performance of Sandberg-Rønning’s Golden Globe and Oscar-nominated Thor Heyerdahl picture: Kon-Tiki, which has been sold to more than 50 countries, opened in April to collect  €17,000 from two screens (New York, Los Angeles), and generated €1.3 million from 75 venues after five months. In Norway it took 900,000 admissions, selling 41% of all tickets for local fare.

After his US success with The Karate Kid (2010), Zwart's TMI: City of Bones was launched on August 21 and has since grossed a disappointing €43.8 million worldwide. According to German producer and head of Constantin Film Martin Moszkowicz the decision to postpone the start of the sequel "was not taken lightly - but it was clear that it will be beneficial to have more time to reposition the film in the current marketplace."

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