This update comes from THR, who got the scoop on Roberto Oric and the X-Men: First Class writers joining the Power Rangers project:
The upcoming movie being developed by Lionsgate and rights holder Saban Brands, will be scripted by X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz.
Additionally, Roberto Orci, one of the screenwriters behind The Transformers and Star Trek movies, is coming on board as an exec producer. Orci will develop the movie’s story along with Miller and Stentz, with the latter two handling screenwriting duties.
Power Rangers was a ’90s TV series and global marketing franchise, initially called The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, that used footage from a Japanese children’s show. It first aired on Fox Kids then in the 2000s on Disney-owned channels. A movie also hit theaters in 1995.
The new movie promises to completely re-envision the Rangers, a group of high school kids who are infused with unique and cool super powers but must harness and use those powers as a team if they have any hope of saving the world.
In general, I’m pretty excited about this. First Class was one one of the better blockbuster films to hit in 2011 and a lot of that was due to it’s surprisingly character driven storyline. As for Orci…meh. I’m reaching a point with him where I’m no longer sure about his storytelling abilities. I’m glad he’s not handling the script all by himself, but not sure what his gameplan will be.
Supposedly Power Rangers will have a presence at this year’s SDCC so, hopefully we’ll find our more information on this new film (perhaps a director or release date) next week. In the meantime, what do you guys think of these guys handling the Power Rangers reboot?