Norwegian director Joachim Rønning, who recently co-directed Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (due for release in 2017), is now attached to the biblical epic Methuselah, with Tom Cruise in the leading role.
The film has been in development for a while, but the announcement of Rønning directing is new and fresh for the film. With Rønning attached, the film will go to several writers for a rewrite. The film will follow a man who lived for almost 1,000 years without ageing, all while developing a set of unparalleled survival skills.
Rønning directed the 2012 Oscar-nominated Norwegian film Kon-Tiki alongside Espen Sandberg (also the co-director for Pirates), which chronicled the story of the legendary Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdal’s epic 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsawood raft in 1947 to prove that South Americans could settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.