Joachim Rønning

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Joachim Rønning
Born (1972-05-30) 30 May 1972 (age 48)
OccupationFilm director
Years active1997–present
(m. 2019)

Joachim Rønning (born 30 May 1972) is a Norwegian film director who previously worked in a partnership 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]

Joachim married Amanda Hearst on August 2, 2019.[2]


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.[3] The duo directed the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017).[4][5]

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.[6] The film was released in 2019.

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.[7][8]

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, Andreas 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.[8]

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][7]


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[9]
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
TBA Origin Announced
TBA Untitled sixth Pirates of the Caribbean film Announced
TBA Young Woman and the Sea 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.
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  3. ^ "Oscars: Hollywood announces 85th Academy Award nominations". BBC News. Retrieved 2013-01-10.
  4. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming (29 May 2013). "'Kon-Tiki' Helmers Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg Land 'Pirates Of The Caribbean 5'". Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Joachim Rønning". IMDb. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  6. ^ Kroll, Justin (October 3, 2017). "Angelina Jolie's 'Maleficent 2' Taps 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Director Joachim Ronning". Variety. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Lodderhose, Diana (28 October 2016). "Joachim Rønning Attached To Direct David Heyman's 'Methuselah' With Tom Cruise". Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  8. ^ a b Jr, Mike Fleming (6 April 2017). "'Pirates' Helmer Joachim Rønning To Direct 'Micro', Last Michael Crichton Novel". Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  9. ^ "Espen Sandberg". IMDb. Retrieved 3 June 2017.

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