Roberto Orci Says the POWER RANGERS Movie Is Not a “Leave It Behind Reboot”; Will Exist in Continuity with the TV Series

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Lionsgate and Saban’s Power Rangers movie picked up a considerable amount of steam last week with the news that X-Men: First Class scribes Ashley Miller and Zack Stenz will be writing the screenplay.  Moreover, Transformers and Star Trek alum Roberto Orci has come aboard the project as executive producer.  Details regarding the adaptation of the popular 1990s TV series have been scarce, but Orci recently opened up a bit about their plans for the movie.  It’s still early days as the script hasn’t yet been written, but Orci revealed that the film will exist in continuity with the world of the TV series and also discussed the kind of research that he, Miller, and Stenz have been doing in preparation for the script.  More after the jump.

power-rangers-movie-posterSpeaking with IGN, Orci said he and the writing team have been thumbing through the canonical history of Power Rangers during their research:

“One of the first things we did was learn and read… [Saban] has 600 pages of research that they have on their stuff. We read through the synopsis of everything they did and we are actually taking into account quite a bit of the canon in a real way. We’re not just a leave it behind reboot. [Haim] Saban cares very much about that. This is something that he created. I had to go to his house, personally, to tell him, ‘Listen, I’m your man. Miller and Stenz, these are your guys. I promise you I won’t ruin your franchise.’ And he said, ‘It’s very important to me, because kids around the world know what the Power Rangers are. So you can’t just come in here and walk all over it. It better be consistent with what I’ve been doing.’ And I said, ‘Yes sir!’”

When pressed as to whether the Power Rangers movie will exist within the continuity of the TV show, Orci answered in the affirmative:

“It’s got a continuity within the world. I can’t tell you what, but it does have a continuity.”

power-rangers-tv-showFinally, when asked if we could see cameos from original castmembers, Orci was entirely open to the possibility:

“Of course. That’s something we want to rely on the Saban group to tell us. They have a lot of internal knowledge of their franchise and we’re just learning now. We’ve seen it only as fans, but they actually know it inside and out, so I’d love to know what fans want to see.”

I was a fan of the Power Rangers series (and the subsequent movies) growing up, but I can’t say I remember much about the canon of the show.  I don’t much mind whether the film is in step with the TV show, but I could see how more passionate fans might be keen on ensuring that the film doesn’t negate the series.  I think the key is recognizing that Power Rangers, in concept, is incredibly goofy.  If they try to go too “dark” or “realistic” with it, they run the risk of creating a bland or incongruous film.  Embrace the colorful nature of the property.

Orci’s involvement isn’t exactly encouraging, but I like Miller and Stenz quite a bit so hopefully they can put together a fun adaptation.  What do you think, readers?  Is it important that the Power Rangers movie stays in canon with the TV series to you, or do you not have strong feelings about the film’s ties to the show?  What do you want to see in the new film?  Sound off in the comments below.

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  • Manuel Orozco

    I think when production goes underway it will all make sense. Besides, I spent the last 8 months watching the 5 year Zordon era Season 1 on Youtube and the rest on Netflix Instant Watch

    • Man is The Pink Hot

      The original series was awesome, so I agree with you. The Pink Power Ranger still gets me hard to this day. I once dated a chick who looked exactly like her and man could she give a blo… Oh, excuse me. ;)

      It sounds like the studio wants to go more serious and realistic like the current Super-Hero movies. While Saban (who DID NOT create the show, he just took parts from the Japanese series and pasted them with American Actors), well Saban is focused on kids. He is aware that everyone who grew up on the original Power Rangers is now an adult, for that matter people who grew up on the other versions that came after are also adults. We want a serious Power Rangers movie. It’s going to fail if it’s as campy as the original movie.

      • Manuel Orozco

        You do have a point and a bigger budget sounds necessary

      • Manuel Orozco

        Also I did not understand what you said about Kimberly

    • Christopher

      The series was pretty decent–moreso than most give it credit for–all the way through Power Rangers in Space, the finale of which signaled the end of the “Zordon era.”

      • Manuel Orozco

        But who knows if the movie will be based on the Zordon era

  • Cody McGowan

    I want to see Goldar get his neck snapped.

  • Trevor

    I expect this to be like Transformers and Pacific rim

    • Manuel Orozco

      Maybe a bit like Transformers but maybe also like the Avengers

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      I expect it to be like the Golden Girls, but I may need to adjust my expectations.

      • Manuel Orozco

        Say what

    • mattinacan

      Well transformers sucks and Pacific rim is great, so they aren’t very similar.

  • Yup

    ZORDON LIVES!

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      As much as you can live as a disembodied hologram head in a tube.

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    So… it’s not going to be a reboot, Grounded in reality or Dark/Gritty? WTF? I’m out!
    They clearly are out of touch with the current trend in Hollwyood. *sits by computer while anxiously awaiting for news of 2nd Spider-Man reboot by the talented Bob Orci titled the Amazingly Spectacular Spider-Man*

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      I am not familiar with this talented Bob Orci, is he related to the more famous untalented Orci of the same name?

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        Oh yes. They are both one and the same. This is his rebooted name. He is behind such delights such as Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

      • Manuel Orozco

        Revenge of the fallen and Star Trek into darkness are my favs of his work

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Ah, so you’re a comedy fan.

      • Manuel Orozco

        Why you asking

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        It was a rhetorical statement which worked as a joke by suggesting that Star Trek Into Darkness and Revenge of the Fallen were so bad they were funny.

      • Manuel Orozco

        They were just simply great that’ll all they topped their previous installments

      • mattinacan

        BC both movies are comically bad.

      • Manuel Orozco

        I already got my answer

    • Manuel Orozco

      It may be a reboot but not in the usual way

  • God’s Diamond

    Dragonzord is gonna piss on bulk and skull.

  • Falco

    What if it starts with the current season of Rangers, but they need to seek out and enlist the help of the original MMPR’s in order to defeat the enemy?

    • Manuel Orozco

      Time will tell

  • http://www.scifihistory.net/ E. Lee Zimmerman

    So this means not only will Khan be in it but he won’t spend the next two years denying Khan is in it?

  • ducman1199

    I personally would like a more realistic approach. A generation or two has come
    and gone with no serious exposure to the franchise. The last movie was 20 years
    ago! The days of cheesy costumes, corny effects, plastic weapons and zords that
    is really a stunt man in a card board suit on a sounds stage are gone. They
    need a fresh approach like Batman Begins. Still stay true to the content but
    with a modern & realistic spin. Leave the cheese at home!

    • Pizza God

      I think it will probably more like an X-Men style movie.

      • Manuel Orozco

        If Miller and Stentz involved maybe

      • Manuel Orozco

        If Miller and Stentz involved maybe

    • Manuel Orozco

      I agree but keep the fun and nostalgia

    • DEADP00L

      A generation or two? Dude its generation Y and Z that are the youth today and both have had Power Rangers in them. You make it sound as if the rangers were in the 70′s.

    • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

      Actually, I think it needs a tone like the last Spider-Man movie… neither too flashy nor too dark. I don’t know how realistic you can be with a bunch of actors going “It’s morphin time” every time a fight starts.

      • Manuel Orozco

        With Orci on the team that sounds likely and I think it’s off with the old and on with the new

  • Guest

    “I am directly below… the Dragonzord’s scrotum.”

    • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

      Actually, that came from Ehren Kruger, not even from Michael Bay.

  • DEADP00L

    …which TV series? Because the crap that came after Might Morphin was just awful and deserves to disappear.

    • Convoy

      I only ever watched because of my little brother and the Pink Ranger. I do have to say though, that Power Rangers RPM was actually pretty good. A lot better than it should have been.

  • mattinacan

    If Orci is involved then you know it’s going to be bad.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Maybe maybe not

    • Manuel Orozco

      Maybe maybe not

  • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

    Maybe it can work if it’s like a new generation of kids going through the “same” (for using a word) the original 5 went through. Not Samurai or Time Force crap. The ORIGINAL (I know it’s adapted from a long running japanese show but you know what I mean) Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Decent budget for decent effects (unlike the first movie) and cool characters. Easier said than done though

    • Manuel Orozco

      I’d be weirder if they were children or family of the original characters Jason Zack Trini Billy Kimberly and Tommy

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        Well, yeah, that would actually be lazy writing. My point is, though, that I think this movie needs young blood with the original show’s grace. The new shows suck big time (and I don’t usually say that). They were good until Turbo with the new cast.. either that or I got too old to enjoy it LOL.

      • Manuel Orozco

        You mean totally new characters

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        Yes, given that they are not going to start from scratch it’s either that or new actors for the old characters. But new characters is better IMO, because it gives you the chance to introduce backstory of what happened to the old PR and new villains.

      • Manuel Orozco

        We’ll that doesn’t sound like a bad idea after all I do now my power ranger history of the original storyline which lasted for 6 seasons and 5 years

      • Manuel Orozco

        By the way I always wanted to know if Tommy and Kimberly stayed friends and where the rangers were when the final battle for Angel Grove happened

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        That is one of the greatest enigmas of our time, if you ask me.

      • Manuel Orozco

        Enigmas?

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        Unanswered questions, mysteries may apply better.

      • Manuel Orozco

        If these continuity reports are true they will be solved in time

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        I hope so. Maybe the reason we didn’t get an answer was that it was a kids’ show so perhaps a “smooch” to imply they closed the deal was too much.

      • Manuel Orozco

        I don’t blame you kids don’t like kids scenes but I do but like I said Saban knows what they are doing but time will tell if Orci is too

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        Maybe he does. I mean, the guy helped to me getting to know the old Star Trek movies so, I owe him that.

      • Manuel Orozco

        Me too along with Transformers

      • Manuel Orozco

        I mean I’ve not seen the old movies but the new are cool

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        You should check out the old ones. They are not as action packed but if you can endure some pretty 80′s costumes and some occasional overacting they are very good.

      • Manuel Orozco

        No thanks because I only became a Trekkie five years ago because of the new ones back then I didn’t know from a Vulcan to a USS starship anyway any ideas of who should direct

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        This (Power Rangers) or the next Star Trek? For this I can only think of D.J. Carusso or maybe Jon Turteltaub but maybe a newcomer would be better (someone along the lines of Marc Webb). For Trek, I think Orci can do good but the nerdy part of me would like to see what could Leonard Nimoy do today. That being said, I’d like Alex Proyas or Joe Kosinski to do it but I think that won’t happen.

      • Manuel Orozco

        This Power Rangers because I’m stumped who should despite Matt Austin the SPD green ranger and Joe Johnston are rumored to direct meanwhile Star Trek 3 Orci should do it

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        Joe Johnston? That could actually work. I have vague memories of liking Rocketeer (haven’t watched it for ages) and Jumanji is cool.

      • Manuel Orozco

        We’ll that’s the rumor on internet movie database

      • Manuel Orozco

        He also directed captain America the first avenger three years ago

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        Yes, I know but I was mentioning those because it was more along the tone this movie should have… Cap was too serious compared to Power Rangers. Jon Favreau could be a nice choice too.

      • Manuel Orozco

        Who directed Elf Iron Man and Zathura get out of town I’m stumped who else to think but why do you think either those two should direct or Caruso or Turtletaub

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        Turtletaub and Caruso have similar sensibilities and Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Disturbia worked in similar levels (teenagers acting and looking like normal teenagers… maybe except for the girls, they were too hot… but still normal looking LOL). I’d go with Turtletaub though just because he tends to go slightly lighter in tone but also getting a very enjoyable product.

      • Manuel Orozco

        I liked Carusos work on Eagle Eye and I am number four and turtaub I liked national treasure in fact I thought stealing the Declaration of Independence was the silliest idea ever but I eventually found the plot adventirious and edge of your seat introduction to American history too bad that was ten years ago

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        Yeah, both of them worked and pulled off some silly plots but Caruso loses points for Number Four… I mean it was fun but I felt too much the “been there, done that” thing troughout the movie.

      • Manuel Orozco

        What about Johnston and Faveru? Why them

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        As I said, Johnston managed to pull off the silly aspects of Rocketeer and Jumanji with some cool characters and both looked great but he is too “classic” in his style, so I don’t see it working on a movie about teens. Favreau on the other hand made wonders with Iron Man having a movie with both epic action and good amounts of humour. Haven’t seen Elf but Zathura is basically a remake of Jumanji with younger kids and it worked too. I’d like to see what he does with a group of teens in high school.

      • Manuel Orozco

        Let’s just see what happens because we need this reboot

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        Yes. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time.

      • Manuel Orozco

        And being serious may not be so bad after all anymore fantasy crew members you think should do the movie composter production design costumes anything else

      • Manuel Orozco

        Well

      • Manuel Orozco

        Another thing Turbo wasn’t the best season ever despite how clever it was to have a kid power ranger on the team but In Space was better

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        Damn! I forgot about that kid entirely! I agree, Turbo was cool but I never managed to catch In Space. Somehow, it never aired on my country. Bunch of a*holes,

      • Manuel Orozco

        Justin was the name and you should watch In Space it’s darker but better than Turbo and it brings the original storyline to an epic finish

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        I’ll have to get it…. always wanted to know how did it end.

      • Manuel Orozco

        Why don’t you get it on streaming

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        No credit card yet, pal. First job will do it though, LOL.

      • Manuel Orozco

        Oh then how on earth will you get it

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        I’m working on it. Literally.

      • Manuel Orozco

        But how

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        I got a job recently, LOL

      • Manuel Orozco

        I’ll be patient for you to get to it but for now we can only hope Orci knows what he is doing

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        Amen to that bro!

      • Manuel Orozco

        Because I can’t bear to shut the franchise out of my life anymore after several years after seeing SPD and Mystic Force and I wanted to go back to the beginning and now I have but who knows it’ll be good enough to attract old fans and new

    • Manuel Orozco

      Hey Diego did you read what early edition posted this morning about Phil lord and Chris miller possibly doing the movie

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  • Early Edition

    Phil lord and chris miller should make this. Please?! Even just be consultants. Just be involved.

    • Manuel Orozco

      That’s not a bad idea I enjoyed their work on the Lego movie

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