Liosngate has shifted release dates for two of its high-profiles movies set for 2017, Power Rangers and their final Divergent movie, The Divergent Series: Ascendant. Power Rangers shifts from a January 13, 2017 release to March 24, 2017, the date previously held by The Divergent Series: Ascendant, which now moves to a summer release on June 9, 2017. It's possible that the surprisingly competitive weekend of January 13, 2017 lead to these release date shifts.
As of now, Sony's The Dark Tower, Paramount's Friday the 13th reboot, Warner Bros.' Geostorm, 20th Century Fox's Hidden Figures and Paramount's Monster Trucks are all currently slated for release on January 13, 2017, so it makes sense that Lionsgate would steer Power Rangers away from such a competitive weekend. Now it will only face Universal's Untitled Mummy Reboot on March 24, 2017. Production is scheduled to begin early next year, under the direction of Dean Israelite.
Naomi Scott (Pink Ranger), RJ Cyler (Blue Ranger), Becky G. (Yellow Ranger), Dacre Montgomery (Red Ranger) and Ludi Lin (Black Ranger) have signed on to play the new Power Rangers. The reboot is described as a modern-day reinvention of the beloved Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers TV series, following a group of ordinary high school kids who find themselves infused with extraterrestrial powers. They must harness those powers and stop an evil force from taking over the world.
The Divergent Series: Ascendant will now go up against Paramount's World War Z 2 on June 9, 2017. Shailene Woodley and Theo James will return as Tris and Four, with Naomi Watts also confirmed to star as Evelyn, the Factionless leader. Ansel Elgort (Caleb), Miles Teller (Peter), Zoë Kravitz (Christina) and Octavia Spencer (Johanna) are expected to reprise their roles from Divergent and this year's sequel The Divergent Series: Insurgent. The third installment, The Divergent Series: Allegiant, will hit theaters on March 18, 2016.
Jeff Daniels signed on in April to play the franchise finale's villain, David, leader of the Bureau of Genetic Welfare. The Bureau created the Faction system that was put in place in this post-apocalyptic world. Robert Schwentke from a screenplay by Noah Oppenheim, Adam Cooper & Bill Collage and Stephen Chbosky. It isn't known when production will begin on the final Divergent movie at this time. What do you think about these release date shifts for Power Rangers and The Divergent Series: Ascendant?