Joachim Rønning

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Joachim Rønning
Born (1972-05-30) 30 May 1972 (age 47)
OccupationFilm director
Years active1997–present

Joachim Rønning (born 30 May 1972) is a Norwegian film director who previously worked in a team with Espen Sandberg. Both are natives of Sandefjord, Norway; as a directing team, they went under the name of Roenberg (a portmanteau of their surnames). They co-own one of Scandinavia's largest production companies for commercials called Motion Blur. Rønning now develops and directs film and television as a solo director.[1]


In 2006, Rønning and Espen Sandberg directed their feature film debut, Bandidas, starring Penélope Cruz and Salma Hayek; the film was released worldwide through EuropaCorp and Twentieth Century Fox. The film was written and produced by French filmmaker Luc Besson.

His 2012 film Kon-Tiki is the first Norwegian film to be nominated for a Golden Globe, and a Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards;[2] the duo directed the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017).[3][4]

In October 2017, it was announced Rønning would direct Maleficent: Mistress of Evil from a screenplay written by Linda Woolverton and Jez Butterworth, with Angelina Jolie reprising the role as the titular character.[5]

Announced projects[edit]

In 2016, Rønning directed the pilot for a new ABC thriller drama series titled Doomsday starring Rochelle Aytes and produced by Carol Mendelsohn and Sony TV.[6][7]

In 2017, it was announced that Paramount had bought an original project entitled Origin that will be directed by Rønning and was written by Rønning and his brother, Andrew Rønning; the film will be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.[1]

Rønning will direct an adaptation of the last Michael Crichton novel, Micro, for Amblin Entertainment to be distributed by Universal and produced by Frank Marshall.[7]

Rønning is currently attached to direct the biblical film Methuselah starring Tom Cruise for Warner Bros which will be produced by David Heyman and written by Zach Dean.[1][6]


Co-directed with Espen Sandberg

Year Title Notes
1997 Dag 1 Short film
2006 Bandidas
2008 Max Manus: Man of War Nominated- Amanda Award for Best Direction
2012 Kon-Tiki Palm Springs International Film Festival for Directors to watch[8]
Nominated- Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated- Amanda Award for Best Direction
Nominated- Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated- Satellite Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Seile sin egen sjø Documentary
2014 Marco Polo TV Series;
Episodes "The Wayfarer" and "The Wolf and the Deer"
2017 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Solo works

Year Title Notes
2007 Kubisten Short film
2017 Doomsday TV movie
2019 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Post-production[9]
TBA Origin Announced


  1. ^ a b c Jr, Mike Fleming (4 January 2017). "'Pirates' Pair Joachim Rønning & Jerry Bruckheimer Reunite On Paramount Sci-Fi Pitch 'Origin'". Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Oscars: Hollywood announces 85th Academy Award nominations". BBC News. Retrieved 2013-01-10.
  3. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming (29 May 2013). "'Kon-Tiki' Helmers Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg Land 'Pirates Of The Caribbean 5'". Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Joachim Rønning". IMDb. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  5. ^ Kroll, Justin (October 3, 2017). "Angelina Jolie's 'Maleficent 2' Taps 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Director Joachim Ronning". Variety. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Lodderhose, Diana (28 October 2016). "Joachim Rønning Attached To Direct David Heyman's 'Methuselah' With Tom Cruise". Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  7. ^ a b Jr, Mike Fleming (6 April 2017). "'Pirates' Helmer Joachim Rønning To Direct 'Micro', Last Michael Crichton Novel". Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Espen Sandberg". IMDb. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  9. ^ "#Maleficent2, starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, and Michelle Pfeiffer, is now in production". Twitter. Disney. Retrieved 29 May 2018.

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