Back in April, Lionsgate pushed back the release date for its highly-anticipated Power Rangers reboot from July 22, 2016 to January 17, 2017. No cast members have been set at this time, but now we do have word on when director Dean Israelite's movie will start filming. The Director's Guild of Canada (via YVR Shoots) has released their list of films set to start production this January in the country, with Power Rangers mentioned among these titles.
It's worth noting that the project is listed as Shirt, but with Dean Israelite mentioned as the director, it's likely that Shirt is the code name for the production. The listing notes that production will run from January 18 to April 1. That should give the project ample time for the post-production process. It isn't known at this time if casting is already under way, but we have already heard a number of rumored story details.
The plot reportedly begins 65 million years ago, where the Power Rangers of that era are battling the nefarious villain Rita Repulsa. The Red Ranger, Zordon, creates a black hole and sends her through it, before the action picks up in present-day Angel Grove, California. Here we meet the five 16-year-old heroes, Jason, Billy, Zack, Kimberly and Trini. They all meet up to explore an abandoned military base, where Billy believes is the site of a T-rex fossil, which he found on Google Earth. While digging up the T-rex fossil they find the power coins that belonged to the first Power Rangers.
The black hole Rita Repulsa was sent through didn't kill her, as she re-surfaces to find her missing gold. Zordon also re-emerges, discovering that the power coins have "bonded" with these five kids, as they all try to work together in an effort to stop Rita Repulsa from destroying the world. None of these plot details have been confirmed yet, but we'll have to wait and see if this information lines up with the first official synopsis, whenever that is revealed.
Dean Israelite is directing from a script by Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller. While mid-January is normally home to movies studios don't have much faith in, January 13, 2017 is shaping up to be a surprisingly epic weekend. Power Rangers will go up against Sony's The Dark Tower, Warner Bros.' Geostorm and 20th Century Fox's Boss Baby. Are you excited to learn more about this reboot of Power Rangers? Let us know what you think and stay tuned for more updates.