Less than two months after Roberto Orci signed on to executive produce Lionsgate's Power Rangers movie, Deadline reports that he had to pull out of the project, because of his commitment to direct Paramount's Star Trek 3.
This does not change Lionsgate's plans to release the film on July 22, 2016, although they still do not have a director attached at this time. The story is a reinvention of the hit TV series Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, which followed a group of high school kids who gain incredible powers, which they use to help save the world.
Haim Saban is producing alongside Saban Brands' Brian Casentini and Allison Shearmur. Lionsgate's Erik Feig and Jim Miller are overseeing the project.
We reported yesterday that Star Trek 3 will start production sometime within the next six months, with Paramount eyeing a 2016 release, which coincides with the original Star Trek TV series' 50th anniversary.