We haven't heard much on Lionsgate's Power Rangers reboot since Roberto Orci backed out of producing the movie back in September. We reported in January that production will begin sometime this year, which is getting closer to actually happening, now that The Wrap reports Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) is in talks to direct. The filmmaker is said to be a huge fan of the franchise, and he has also turned down a number of studio tentpole projects, waiting for the right one to come around.
The project is a theatrical reboot of the 1990s hit TV series Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, which followed a group of high school kids who attain super-human powers, making them masters of martial arts. Their powers also gave them the ability to control interconnecting robots, similar to the 1980s animated TV series Voltron: Defender of the Universe. The series spawned the 1995 feature Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie and the 1997 sequel Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie.
Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (Thor, X-Men: First Class) are writing the screenplay. Haim Saban is producing alongside Brian Casentini and Allison Shearmur. It isn't known when production may begin, but Lionsgate has already issued a July 22, 2016 release date. Dean Israelite made his feature directorial debut with Project Almanac, which hit theaters in January. He is also attached to direct the WarGames remake.