The cinematic reboot of the Power Rangers franchise was being shepherded as a bit of a grittier conception of the characters, but it looks like it’s been delayed by several months.
According to IGN, the production from an association between Lionsgate and Haim Saban has been pushed from a theatrical release date of July 22nd, 2016 to January 13th, 2017. Moving the film from the prime box office real estate of the summer months into the normally weak months of the beginning of the year may not bode particularly well for the studio’s confidence in the project, but rescheduling it is also a far cry from an outright cancellation. The report also includes an official synopsis of the film from Lionsgate, which reads,
From a story by Executive Producer Roberto Orci (Transformers, Star Trek, Amazing Spider-Man 2) and screenwriters Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor) comes a modern reinvention of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, a group of ordinary high school kids who find themselves infused with extraterrestrial powers and must harness those powers as a team to save the world.
Although the Power Rangers franchise has had dozens of different incarnations on television since making its debut in 1993, this confirms that the film will be reimagining the original incarnation from the show’s first few seasons, which featured Jason, Billy, Kimberly, Zack, Trini, and Tommy as the core group of Rangers fighting against the forces of Rita Repulsa and Lord Zedd. While this release makes no mention of a director being nailed down to take the project on, an earlier report stated that Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) was being sought out to actually direct the upcoming film from the screenplay by Miller and Stentz.
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