Lionsgate have shifted their reboot of quintessential 1990s Saturday morning favourite Power Rangers to January 13th 2017, a move which takes it out of the busy summer 2016 period.
It will be produced by Roberto Orci (responsible for many screenplays, including The Amazing Spider-Man 2), directed by Dean Israelite (who helmed the recent time travel flick Project Almanac) and written by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, who at least have X-Men: First Class and Thor under their belt.
The Power Rangers franchise debuted in 1993, the series using US actors and narratives interspersed with robot and monster fight sequences taken from the Japanese series Super Sentai. It famously spawned an of-its-time mid ’90s adaptation Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, and the franchise is still going strong, with the most recent incarnation, Power Rangers Dino Charge, first airing in February this year.
Director Joseph Kahn caused a stir earlier this year when his violent, unauthorised short film based on the franchise was uploaded onto the net (watch it here). For better or worse, this film won’t be following his lead.
As stated, Power Rangers will now hit cinemas on January 13th, 2017.
Sources: The Wrap, Lionsgate, Saban Brands (image)