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 Post subject: Saban's Power Rangers
PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 10:08 am 
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Lionsgate and Saban Brands Partner for Power Rangers Live-Action Movie

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May 07, 2014

Lionsgate and Saban Brands are partnering to develop and produce an original live-action feature film based on the iconic "Power Rangers" property, it was announced today by creator of "Power Rangers" Haim Saban and Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer.

Saban launched "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" as a live-action TV series more than 20 years ago, and the series has been in continuous production ever since. It has subsequently grown into one of the world’s most popular and recognizable brands, with toys, apparel, costumes, video games, DVD's, comic books and other merchandise.

The two companies noted that, with an extensive and extremely devoted worldwide fan base as well as a deep and detailed mythology, the "Power Rangers" are primed for the big screen. The new film franchise will re-envision the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, a group of high school kids who are infused with unique and cool super powers but must harness and use those powers as a team if they have any hope of saving the world.

"Lionsgate is the perfect home for elevating our Power Rangers brand to the next level," said Saban. "They have the vision, marketing prowess and incredible track record in launching breakthrough hits from 'The Hunger Games' to 'Twilight' and 'Divergent.' In partnership with the Lionsgate team, we're confident that we will capture the world of the Power Rangers and translate it into a unique and memorable motion picture phenomenon with a legacy all its own."

"We're thrilled to be partnering with Haim Saban and his team to maximize the potential of this immensely successful and universally recognized franchise," said Feltheimer. "The Power Rangers stories and characters have been embraced by generations of audiences for more than 20 years, and today they are more powerful than ever. We have the ideal partner and the perfect brand with which to create a motion picture event that will resonate with moviegoers around the world for years to come."

Saban's "Power Rangers" franchise is the brainchild of Haim Saban, creator and producer of the original "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" hit series that launched in 1993. Following its introduction, "Power Rangers" quickly became the most-watched children's television program in the United States and remains one of the top-rated and longest running boys live-action series in television history. The series follows the adventures of a group of ordinary teens who "morph" into superheroes and save the world from evil. It is seen in more than 150 markets around the world, translated into numerous languages and is a mainstay in the most prominent international children's programming blocks.

20th Century Fox previously released two feature films, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie in 1995 and Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie in 1997.


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 Post subject: Re: Power Rangers Live-Action Movie
PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 10:21 am 
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This has cheesy written all over it...but i'm excited haha.


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 Post subject: Re: Power Rangers Live-Action Movie
PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 6:25 pm 
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I am honestly surprised something like this hasn't happened sooner.
Outside of moderate to hardcore Power Rangers fans, no one knows anything past season 2 or 3.
The General Viewing Audience knows nothing past MMPR.

But part of me thinks they will take the Star Trek reboot way with this...
For example - Somehow JDF's Green Ranger gets blasted into this new universe and helps the new universe's MMPR fight Rita.
Its a reboot for the kids that know absolutely nothing. But at the same time its got JDF playing the Spock role giving the new movie credibility and keeping it somewhat cannon with the show which gives regular long time fans something in it.
Everyone remembers Tommy and having him would give them something to advertise and hook old time fans that fell away or grew out of it and give them incentive to bring their kids.

But then watch the sequel be Good Green Ranger vs Bad Green Ranger.
"Mighty Morhpin' Green Rangers"


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 Post subject: Re: Power Rangers Live-Action Movie
PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 7:38 pm 
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I remember taking my then 6 year old cousin to the original movie just so I'd have an excuse to see Amy Jo Johnson. He just couldn't understand why I'd want to see the pink ranger when the Red and Green/white rangers were cooler

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 Post subject: Re: Power Rangers Live-Action Movie
PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 7:26 am 
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So... is this the film that the Japanese producers have been working on for a while now that supposedly features every Power Ranger team to date?...

(and don't feel bad, Ben... I went to both of the original movies with my college buddies, though I was there for Thuy Trang... :cry: )


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 Post subject: Re: Power Rangers Live-Action Movie
PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 9:06 am 
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Sorry, but I kinda have to laugh at that. In a good way, though. Solidarity kinda way.

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 Post subject: Re: Power Rangers Live-Action Movie
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X-Men: First Class Writers Take on Power Rangers

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Jul 15, 2014

As announced back in May, Lionsgate has plans to bring Saban’s hit children’s series Power Rangers to the big screen. Today, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the production has signed X-Men: First Class screenwriters Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz and has brought Roberto Orci (Star Trek Into Darkness, Transformers) on board as executive producer.

Saban launched “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” as a live-action TV series more than 20 years ago, and the series has been in continuous production ever since. It has subsequently grown into one of the world’s most popular and recognizable brands, with toys, apparel, costumes, video games, DVD’s, comic books and other merchandise.

20th Century Fox previously released two feature films, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie in 1995 and Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie in 1997.


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 Post subject: Re: Power Rangers Live-Action Movie
PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 5:14 pm 
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Roberto Orci Talks Power Rangers Reboot, Reveals Film Has Continuity

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Jul 21, 2014

Last week it was revealed that Star Trek and The Amazing Spider-Man screenwriter Roberto Orci was stepping onboard Lionsgate’s big screen reboot of Saban’s Power Rangers. He will develop the plot for the film along with X-Men: First Class screenwriters Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz. IGN caught up with Orci to talk about the project and he revealed some interesting behind-the-scenes bits about working with Saban.

“One of the first things we did was learn and read…They have 600 pages of research that they have on their stuff. We read through the synopsis of everything they did and we are actually taking into account quite a bit of the canon in a real way. We’re not just a leave it behind reboot. [Haim] Saban cares very much about that. This is something that he created. I had to go to his house, personally, to tell him, “Listen, I’m your man. Miller and Stenz, these are your guys. I promise you I won’t ruin your franchise.” And he said, “It’s very important to me, because kids around the world know what the Power Rangers are. So you can’t just come in here and walk all over it. It better be consistent with what I’ve been doing.” And I said, “Yes sir!”

Orci went on to add that the upcoming reboot will have some form of continuity with the original series, but in what capacity he wouldn’t say.

“It’s got a continuity within the world. I can’t tell you what, but it does have a continuity.”

Saban launched “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” as a live-action TV series more than 20 years ago, and the series has been in continuous production ever since. It has subsequently grown into one of the world’s most popular and recognizable brands, with toys, apparel, costumes, video games, DVD’s, comic books and other merchandise.

20th Century Fox previously released two feature films, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie in 1995 and Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie in 1997.


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Project Almanac’s Dean Israelite is in Talks to Direct Power Rangers

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Apr 10, 2015

TheWrap is reporting that Project Almanac director Dean Israelite is currently in talks to direct Lionsgate and Saban Films’ Power Rangers.

Israelite has apparently been courted to direct a number of Hollywood tentpoles over the past few months on the basis of Project Almanac, although it only grossed $22 million domestically earlier this year after being delayed from last year. Israelite is said to be a huge fan of the Power Rangers franchise.

The original “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” was a hugely popular television show when it debuted in 1993, culled from reworked footage from Japan’s “Super Sentai” as it introduced North America to the concept of high school students with martial arts-based superpowers. The show has remained in production in various incarnations for the past two decades with two theatrical releases: Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie in 1995 and its less successful sequel Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie.

With a script in place by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (Thor, X-Men: First Class), the movie is already scheduled for July 22, 2016 with original creator Haim Saban acting as a producer, along with Brian Casentini, Allison Shearmur and Roberto Orci.

One presumes that Lionsgate is hoping to turn the Power Rangers into a theatrical franchise similar to what Paramount is doing with the similarly-popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Israelite is also attached to the long-in-development remake of the popular ’80s film War Games.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2015 10:15 pm 
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Power Rangers Reboot Delayed Until January 2017

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Apr 30, 2015

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Lionsgate has announced that their upcoming big screen reboot of the classic TV series “Power Rangers” has been delayed from July 22, 2016 until January 13, 2017.

Screenwriters Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor) will script the upcoming reboot of Power Rangers, which is described as a modern reinvention of the long-running franchise. In it, a group of ordinary high school kids find themselves infused with extraterrestrial powers and must harness those powers as a team to save the world. Project Almanac‘s Dean Israelite is in talks to helm the big screen adaptation, which will see original creator Haim Saban acting as producer along with Brian Casentini and Allison Shearmur.


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Power Rangers Director Calls Film’s Script ‘Mature but Playful’

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Jun 06, 2015

Though the film was recently delayed eight months, pre-production continues on Lionsgate’s reboot of the TV series “Power Rangers” which has Project Almanac‘s Dean Israelite set to direct. IGN recently caught up with Israelite and asked him about the project, the script for which he had high praise.

“I read the script and was really surprised by it and thought there was a really cool, contemporary, mature but still playful, buoyant and fun take on the material, and was updated in a really interesting way. It had this wonderful character that’s essential to going on a fantastic adventure. I was instantly drawn to it. I remember it as a kid. I grew up with it in South Africa. When I opened the script I had no idea how it was going to be updated, and I was really impressed by it. So I put a really big presentation together, because I needed to win the job. There were a lot of guys going out for it and saw the potential in it, so I put a really big presentation together and was lucky enough to get the job. We’re in sort of a soft pre-production right now, doing a lot of design work and reimagining the world. It’s really cool and exciting.”

Israelite also revealed they’re in the beginnings of casting for the film and with shooting set to begin soon, we can begin to expect announcements coming up “in the next few months.”

Screenwriters Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor) wrote the screenplay for Power Rangers, which is described as a modern reinvention of the long-running franchise. In it, a group of ordinary high school kids find themselves infused with extraterrestrial powers and must harness those powers as a team to save the world. Original creator Haim Saban is acting as producer along with Brian Casentini and Allison Shearmur.

Saban’s “Power Rangers” franchise is the brainchild of Haim Saban, creator and producer of the original “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” hit series that launched in 1993. Following its introduction, “Power Rangers” quickly became the most-watched children’s television program in the United States and remains one of the top-rated and longest running boys live-action series in television history. The series follows the adventures of a group of ordinary teens who “morph” into superheroes and save the world from evil. It is seen in more than 150 markets around the world, translated into numerous languages and is a mainstay in the most prominent international children’s programming blocks.

20th Century Fox previously released two feature films, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie in 1995 and Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie in 1997.

Power Rangers is set for release on January 13, 2017.


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Lionsgate Delays Power Rangers Reboot Two Months

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Dec 17, 2015

Lionsgate has announced a shift in their release calendar by moving their upcoming Power Rangers reboot from its original release date of January 13, 2017 to the March 24 slot that same year. It will face Universal’s reboot of The Mummy on that date.

Dacre Montgomery will lead the team as Jason aka the Red Ranger with RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and The Dying Girl) as Billy the Blue Ranger, Naomi Scott (The Martian, “Terra Nova”) as Kimberly aka the Pink Ranger, Ludi Lin as Zack aka the Black Ranger, and musician Becky G. as Trini aka the Yellow Ranger.


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 Post subject: Re: Power Rangers Live-Action Movie
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It's a reboot? Pass. I didn't have much interest in it, but the idea of bringing back some of the original characters for cameos would have been enticing. I would love to see the Trinity (Jason, Tommy, and Kimberly) interact 20 years later.

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Elizabeth Banks to Star as the Power Rangers Villain!

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Feb 02, 2016

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Lionsgate has officially announced that actress Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games, Pitch Perfect) has signed on to play the villain in the upcoming Power Rangers reboot. Banks will play the iconic Power Rangers villain Rita Repulsa, an evil witch previously imprisoned for thousands of years with plans to conquer Earth.

Dacre Montgomery will lead the team as Jason aka the Red Ranger with RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and The Dying Girl) as Billy the Blue Ranger, Naomi Scott (The Martian, “Terra Nova”) as Kimberly aka the Pink Ranger, Ludi Lin as Zack aka the Black Ranger, and musician Becky G. as Trini aka the Yellow Ranger.

Screenwriters Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor) wrote the screenplay for Power Rangers, which is described as a modern reinvention of the long-running franchise. In it, a group of ordinary high school kids find themselves infused with extraterrestrial powers and must harness those powers as a team to save the world. Original creator Haim Saban is acting as producer along with Brian Casentini and Allison Shearmur.

Set to be directed by Project Almanac‘s Dean Israelite, Power Rangers will debut in theaters on March 24, 2017.


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Production Begins on Saban’s Power Rangers Movie!

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Feb 29, 2016

Lionsgate has announced that production has officially begun on Saban’s Power Rangers with production taking place in Vancouver. The film is a production of Lionsgate and Saban Brands .

Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover that they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so they will have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it is too late.

The film stars Dacre Montgomery (A Few Less Men) as Jason the Red Ranger, RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) as Billy the Blue Ranger, Naomi Scott (The 33) as Kimberly the Pink Ranger, Becky G (Empire) as Trini the Yellow Ranger, Ludi Lin (Monster Hunt) as Zack the Black Ranger, and Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect, The Hunger Games franchise) as Rita Repulsa.

Directed by Dean Israelite (Project Almanac), Saban’s Power Rangers is written by John Gatins (Kong: Skull Island, Real Steel), Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (Dracula Untold), Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor), and Max Landis (Chronicle). Producers are Power Rangers creator Haim Saban, Brian Casentini, Wyck Godfrey, and Marty Bowen (The Twilight Saga, The Fault in Our Stars, The Maze Runner franchise).

Allison Shearmur (The Hunger Games franchise; Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and Brent O’Connor (Warcraft) serve as executive producers. Brian Tyler (Avengers: Age of Ultron; Now You See Me) is the composer and Kelli Jones (Straight Outta Compton, Sons of Anarchy) is the costume designer. Set decorator is Oscar-nominated Hamish Purdy (The Revenant) and stunt coordinator is Paul Jennings (Game of Thrones, San Andreas , The Dark Knight). Weta Workshop (The Lord of the Rings, Avatar, District 9) is in charge of suit design and visual effects. Andrew Menzies (Fury, X-Men) is the production designer and Director of Photography is Matt Lloyd (Daredevil, Cop Car).

Saban’s Power Rangers will debut in theaters on March 24, 2017.


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