Gregor "Gore" Verbinski (born March 16, 1964) is an American film director and writer. He directed the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Dead Man's Chest, and At World's End.
Gregor Verbinski was born the third of five children to Victor and Laurette Verbinski in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. His siblings are Janine, Claire Caregiver, Diane and Steven. His father was Polish and worked as a nuclear physicist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In 1967, the Verbinski family moved to Southern California, where a young Gregor grew up in the town of La Jolla. Gregor was an active Boy Scout and surfed regularly. He went to Torrey Pines Elementary, Muirlands Junior High, and La Jolla High School before attending UCLA Film School. Verbinski graduated with his BFA in Film from UCLA in 1987.
Gore Verbinski's early career included being in rock bands and directing music videos and commercials. After completing a short film, The Ritual (which he both wrote and directed), Verbinski made his feature film directing debut with his comedy flick, MouseHunt. The film was a hit globally and he soon followed up the success with The Mexican and The Ring. Verbinski also had a directorial hand in The Time Machine, temporarily taking over for an exhausted Simon Wells, and was given a Thanks to credit in the film.
Pirates of the Caribbean
In 2002, Gore Verbinski would take the director's seat in helming Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, a film based on the original Disneyland ride. Many of the cast and crew, Verbinski included, had not expected The Curse of the Black Pearl to be a successful film, as the pirate genre had been dead for decades prior. After its theatrical release, The Curse of the Black Pearl earned over $600 million at the international box office.
With the success of The Curse of the Black Pearl, Verbinski was signed on to direct two back-to-back sequels. Though they didn't have a script, pre-production for the second and third Pirates films would began in 2004, where Verbinski and the writers, Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, created numerous ideas for the sequels.
The second film, titled Dead Man's Chest, would start filming in 2005 and released in 2006. Dead Man's Chest became his most successful film, as the third film ever to gross over $1 billion at the international box office. It is currently the sixth highest grossing film of all time. The third film, titled At World's End, would be released in 2007. The three films combined had grossed $2.6 billion.
Upon being asked on plans of doing a fourth Pirates film, Verbinski stated:
- I think the trilogy is now complete. All of the stories set in motion by the first film have been resolved. If there ever were another Pirates of the Caribbean film, I would start fresh and focus on the further adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow.
It was since then Verbinski was thought to be the director of the fourth film. However, on April 2009, Gore Verbinski informed Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer that he won't be directing the fourth Pirates. This was so he could focus on more on other projects which included BioShock. Verbinski stated:
- I had a fantastic time bringing Pirates to life, and I am eternally grateful to Jerry, Johnny and the rest of the creative and production team. I'm looking forward to all of us crossing paths again in the future.
And so after his departure, Verbinski was replaced by Rob Marshall as the director of the fourth Pirates film, On Stranger Tides. Verbinski would be reunited with some of his fellow Pirates cast and crewmen in his later films.
Though his intended film project Bioshock was delayed, Gore would still continue to direct direct films. For his next film Rango, Gore would be reunited with Pirates cast and crewmembers Johnny Depp, Bill Nighy and James Ward Byrkit. His next film project will be The Lone Ranger, set for a May 2013 release, in which he would be reunited with producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Johnny Depp.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl - Director
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - Director
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End - Director