‘Star Trek 3’ Commitment Takes Orci Off ‘Power Rangers’ Reboot

By September 21, 2014
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With news starting to ramp up concerning the third installment of the new Star Trek film series, writer-director Roberto Orci has had to leave behind development of a potential new film franchise in order to focus on his directorial debut with Captain Kirk’s latest adventure. Orci, who’s made quite a career out of reshaping old franchises like Star TrekTransformers, and Spider-Man, was recently tapped as executive producer for a cinematic relaunch of the 1990s television juggernaut Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers as a new feature film, with screenwriters from X-Men: First Class charged with creating a screenplay.

A new report from Deadline alleges that Orci has dropped out of his role with the new Power Rangers due to a scheduling conflict with his directorial debut on the as-yet untitled third new Star Trek film. Original screenwriters Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz are reportedly still hard at work on the creation of the new film’s screenplay, with Power Rangers franchise owners Haim Saban and Shuki Levy producing along with Brian Casentini. Allison Shearmur, the former president of production at Lionsgate that shepherded The Hunger Games films into development, will reportedly be overseeing the execution of the new Power Rangers effort as a potential new cinematic franchise.

Although the original incarnation of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers went off the air in 1996, the series has never technically ended. Since the successor series Power Rangers Zeo began in ’96, every season thereafter has seen a new core concept and cast emerge, with the latest being Power Rangers Dino Charge set for air next year. In total, there have been 20 different incarnations of Power Rangers, ranging from Power Rangers TurboPower Rangers in SpacePower Rangers Dino Thunder, and Power Rangers S.P.D., among many others. The series has spawned two feature films: 1995’s Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie featuring the majority of the original cast and directed by Bryan Spicer, and 1997’s Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie directed by David Winning. The new film is expected to be a reintroduction of the original concept that first aired on TV in 1993, modernized for contemporary audiences.

For more on the new Power Rangers film as it develops, be sure to keep your eyes on GeekNation!

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As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.