Roberto Orci and ‘X-Men: First Class’ Writers Board ‘Power Rangers’ Movie

By July 15, 2014

Back in May, we found out that the Power Rangers were getting another live action feature film. The TV series had its heyday in the ’90s but has been running for over 20 years, but this reboot aims to re-envision the Rangers – and presumably, their “zords” (animal-themed robots) as well. Now we have an idea of who will be responsible for this trip down memory lane: according to THR, Star Trek 3 director Roberto Orci is executive producing and X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz will write the script.

I like Miller and Stentz quite a bit. They’re the guys who produced “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” and along with writing First Class, they have screenwriting credits on Marvel’s Thor. They worked with Orci when they wrote a few episodes of the Fox TV series “Fringe,” which Orci co-created. My feelings about Orci are more complicated, mostly because a lot of the stuff he’s been involved with has been terrible on a story level (Cowboys & Aliens, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, etc.), and I feel like even though he’s been involved with Abrams’ Star Trek reboot from the start, I’m not convinced he’s the right guy to handle Star Trek 3 during the property’s 50th anniversary – especially considering the fact that he’s never directed a single thing before in his life.

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But this is a Power Rangers reboot we’re talking about, so the story probably won’t be that great regardless of who comes on board. Orci is reportedly going to shape the story with Miller and Stentz, and THR has this to say about the plot:

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.

Nothing too groundbreaking, then, but as Kate mentioned in her writeup when this reboot was first announced, it’s encouraging that the words “dark” and “gritty” are absent from the plot description. If we have any diehard Power Rangers fans in the audience, though, I’d highly encourage listening to our Power Rangers-themed episode of The 5Cast.

What do you think about the behind-the-scenes talent of the new Power Rangers movie? Looking forward to seeing what they can come up with?

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