When Lionsgate shuffled it's Power Rangers movie reboot off to January 2017, many saw this as a bad sign. Isn't January where bad movies go to die? Well, not really any more. The first month of the year has become lucrative real estate as more and more blockbusters vie for space at the cineplex. The 8-month delay actually means we may be getting a better movie, claims director Dean Israelite. He has a lot of praise for the current draft of the screenplay, stating:
"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."
Dean Israelite goes onto reveal that casting is set to begin at any moment now, telling IGN that an announcement will be made very soon. Screenwriters Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller, who worked on X-Men: First Class and Thor, are responsible for the script, which is said to be a modern reinvention of the popular franchise. It will follow a group of ordinary high school kids who become Power Rangers, harnessing their new powers to save the world. Original creator Haim Saban is producing alongside Brian Casentini and Allison Shearmur. Power Rangers will be the third time the franchise has come to the big screen following Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie in 1995 and Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie in 1997.