Rob Marshall, the man who had us tapping our feet to the feature film Chicago may have set his sights on the high seas. According to Variety, the director is up to helm the highly anticipated fourth installment of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. The last news we heard regarding the film, had to do with director Gore Verbinski jumping ship (no pun intended). Now the trade is suggesting that Marshall may be on board to bring back Jack!

It turns out that Disney’s been meeting with several directors in recent weeks to short list for the film. The studio wants to finalize the production crew, before star Johnny Depp begins his work on The Lone Ranger (yes, that is happening). Sources are reporting that “Marshall’s involvement wasn’t immediately confirmed, but things look good enough that the studio has begun casting new characters that will appear in the picture.” The director just wrapped his upcoming film Nine, which happens to be another musical, with Oscar winners Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman, and Penelope Cruz.

Really? Can we all see Rob Marshall directing the next action packed Pirates movie? Chicago was his feature length directorial debut, so if he does take this on it will only be his fourth film. I know that doesn’t mean much in the grand scope of things, but I wonder how he’ll handle a film that’s so effects driven? I’m not completely counting him out, but I do have concerns.

Do you think Rob Marshall has what it takes t direct Pirates 4?