POWER RANGERS Movie Release Date Set for July 22, 2016; Official Synopsis Revealed

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Lionsgate has set the Power Rangers movie release date for July 22, 2016, officially scheduling morphin’ time for just over two years from now.  The film doesn’t yet have a director let alone a cast, but X-Men: First Class screenwriters Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz were tasked with penning the script a month ago, and Roberto Orci (Star Trek) boarded the project as executive producer.  Story details are non-existent at this point, but Orci recently revealed that Power Rangers is not a “leave it behind reboot”, adding that the film will exist in continuity with the TV series.  The question then is, which TV series?  Power Rangers began in 1993 on Fox and has aired a total of 20 seasons thus far, going through a number of different incarnations of the core Rangers.

On the July 2016 date, Power Rangers will open directly opposite Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur film for Warner Bros. and a week after the next Bourne film.  With the clock now running, we should hear word on a director for the project in the coming months.  Read the official synopsis after the jump which, unsurprisingly, puts the fate of the world in the Rangers’ hands.

Here’s the official synopsis for Power Rangersper Lionsgate and Saban:

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.

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  • SomeGuy

    This movie could go many ways. I just hope it’s not a gritty take on the franchise, even if it is a continuation of sorts. Overall 2016 might become one of those “burn a hole in my pocket” years or just a year where I check a lot of DVDs out at the library.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Maybe it’ll be not too serious not too campy

    • Manuel Orozco

      Maybe it’ll be not too serious not too campy

    • Manuel Orozco

      Maybe it’ll be not too serious not too campy

    • Vulcan

      Well I hope they make it a little serious. The original series got really campy and cheesy in parts, especially the fight scenes where it was clear that they were fight scenes taken from the Japanese series, just with American voices added.

      • Manuel Orozco

        Maybe a little would be nice but I want it also to be fun and epic

    • Vulcan

      Well I hope they make it a little serious. The original series got really campy and cheesy in parts, especially the fight scenes where it was clear that they were fight scenes taken from the Japanese series, just with American voices added.

  • SomeGuy

    This movie could go many ways. I just hope it’s not a gritty take on the franchise, even if it is a continuation of sorts. Overall 2016 might become one of those “burn a hole in my pocket” years or just a year where I check a lot of DVDs out at the library.

  • Manuel Orozco

    You know what time it is ITS MORPHIN TIME!

    • Green Ranger

      This is probably the one franchise I wouldn’t mind Michael Bay directing. I mean, there are firework explosions just from people kicking each other

      • Manuel Orozco

        I rather have Bay stick to Transformers

      • Random Bystander

        I’d rather Michael Bay fuck off.

      • Manuel Orozco

        What does that mean

      • dudu

        I don’t like people being mean to Bay. Go ahead and criticize his work, but he seems like a really good guy. IMO, he might make really dumb movies, but overall he is an extremely talented director.

      • Random Bystander

        He works better when there aren’t cgi characters in the films he’s connected to.

      • Manuel Orozco

        Excuse me he’s been doing great with the Autobots and Decepticons for seven years but despite how talented he is, that’s not good enough for him to direct the Power Rangers.

      • Random Bystander

        Our definitions of great differ.

      • Random Bystander

        Our definitions of great differ.

      • Manuel Orozco

        What does that mean

      • Random Bystander

        It means most of the Transformers movies are terrible, the first one is the only one thats good and its only good, yet you seem to think they’re all great.

      • Manuel Orozco

        That’s your opinion

      • Random Bystander

        Okay, they’re not “terrible” but they are bad, and that’s not just my opinion. Most people who aren’t distracted by big explosions and loud noises can see that they are bad films, the first film is the only one with positive reviews.

      • Manuel Orozco

        I am very aware of what you are saying

      • Manuel Orozco

        Excuse me he’s been doing great with the Autobots and Decepticons for seven years but despite how talented he is, that’s not good enough for him to direct the Power Rangers.

      • Manuel Orozco

        Yeah he is talented

  • Manuel Orozco

    You know what time it is ITS MORPHIN TIME!

  • Manuel Orozco

    You know what time it is ITS MORPHIN TIME!

  • Mathew

    If you feel like reliving the craziness of the original, my friend and I do a podcast called Mighty Morphin’ Ranger Danger where we go back and watch the original episodes and revel in their straight- up insanity.

    We’ve done the first 40 episodes already, including the legendary Green With Evil miniseries.

    You can download the episodes at Rangerdangerpodcast.com, or subscribe to the show on iTunes, Stitcher or YouTube.

    • LEM

      But does your cousins mothers brother in law make $2000 a day by visiting that site?

      • Mathew

        Sadly not :( Nobody makes any money from anyone visiting the site. We do it for the love!

      • LEM

        Stamps.com? Mangrate? love those guys..I’m on a pirate ship here.

    • LEM

      But does your cousins mothers brother in law make $2000 a day by visiting that site?

    • LEM

      But does your cousins mothers brother in law make $2000 a day by visiting that site?

  • Mathew

    If you feel like reliving the craziness of the original, my friend and I do a podcast called Mighty Morphin’ Ranger Danger where we go back and watch the original episodes and revel in their straight- up insanity.

    We’ve done the first 40 episodes already, including the legendary Green With Evil miniseries.

    You can download the episodes at Rangerdangerpodcast.com, or subscribe to the show on iTunes, Stitcher or YouTube.

  • Daniel Ronczkowski

    This won’t work at all. We knew the rangers for close to two seasons before the original movie even came out!

    • Manuel Orozco

      Actually before the movie came out the show completed it’s second season

      • Daniel Ronczkowski

        Exactly. We were well vested in the rangers

      • Manuel Orozco

        What does well vested mean

      • Daniel Ronczkowski

        It means we KNEW them, have already spent time with them.

      • Manuel Orozco

        Oh that makes sense besides a lot of kids thought of the rangers as friends they could hang out after school with from Jason (original red ranger) to Leo (Galaxy red ranger). My favorite red ranger tied with Andros (In Space)

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

        Damn, those are some lonely kids.

      • Manuel Orozco

        What do you mean

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

        It’s like when a dirigible pilot can find no peer on the ground and begins to think of the clouds, who feel nothing, as his only friends.

      • Manuel Orozco

        I meant fantasise them as friends

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

        Just like a dirigible pilot.

      • Manuel Orozco

        Is that an insult

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

        Does a Kangaroo’s pancake get too soggy with syrup?

      • Manuel Orozco

        Nvm Lexxie

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

        What does that mean?

      • Manuel Orozco

        Just forget about it

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

        I don’t understand, what’s wrong?

      • Manuel Orozco

        It’s just that you are not making any sense

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

        I’m making complete sense, you’re the one talking in gibberish. ‘Nvm’? And you won’t explain what it means.

      • Manuel Orozco

        Nvm means never mind can we just get to the point of this Power Ranger discussion

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

        Very well, to the point: Should or shouldn’t the black ranger have a robotic finger in this reboot?

      • Manuel Orozco

        Let’s see what happens

      • Manuel Orozco

        Let’s see what happens

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

        I want to know your opinion.

      • Manuel Orozco

        Ok first of all no I don’t think black ranger should have a robotic finger and second I just want to see what happens

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

        Well you could have just said that in the first place.

      • Manuel Orozco

        Thank you

      • ChristianLyons

        That was awesome.

      • Manuel Orozco

        What was

  • Daniel Ronczkowski

    This won’t work at all. We knew the rangers for close to two seasons before the original movie even came out!

  • Daniel Ronczkowski

    This won’t work at all. We knew the rangers for close to two seasons before the original movie even came out!

  • God’s Diamond

    I hope it’s not bland like the ninja turtles movie. Only thing I liked was michelangelo had a cowry shell necklace

  • gar216

    I’d really like to see a Jason, Trini, Billy, Kimberly, Zack and Tommy movie. But I’m sure that both of my brothers would rather see the later rangers from their era’s. Hope its good.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I’m hoping that’s the case with the original 6 rangers

      • gar216

        I’d even be okay with Tommy being a tease at the end for a sequel.

      • Manuel Orozco

        That’d be epic

  • eternalozzie

    The story writes itself … evil bad guy makes a monster … power rangers fight it … bad guy supersizes the monster … power rangers still kill it.

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

      Hey, this kid’s got ideas, see! I like the cut of your jib, how would you like a spot in the Power Rangers writers room? You’ve got the kind of moxie we need!

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  • Dip

    Well, looks like I can dust off my 2nd grade Red Ranger costume for Halloween 2016

    • Manuel Orozco

      When were you in the 2nd grade

  • Gerry Rock

    so… it’s “not a leave it behind reboot” but synopsis calls it “a modern reinvention”… that sounds like a good f*cking reboot… things I want to see:

    1) actors that can throw some kicks by themselves.
    2) dino-zords.
    3) that badass guitar solo from the original opening titles.
    4) a post credits scene showing the Dragon Power Coin.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Not bad

  • Strong Enough

    they should get The Raid director. those fight scenes should be good if nothing else. this is there chance to make some crazy sequences

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

      That would be cool. If anyone could make scenes of people in big bulky costumes fighting look badass, it’d be him. And yes, I demand the Megazord remain a big foam costume.

      • Strong Enough

        as long as he break dances before he fights.

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

        Deal.

  • Tom.

    I don’t think Roberto Orci has been involved with anything decent other than maybe the new Star Trek series and I really don’t think that anybody wanted a Power Rangers movie…

    • Manuel Orozco

      But I did after getting into the 20th aniversary craze

  • Guest

    Scott Adkins for the Red Ranger?

    • dudu

      I hope they pick me to be the Red Ranger. It was always my dream to be a ranger.

      • bidi

        i hope they pick me to suicide bomb the Lionsgate studio lot so this can never happen

      • Manuel Orozco

        I want a newcomer or Liam Hemsworth.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Too old to play a high school kid turned superhero

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  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    This could be good, but it needs to have the balance that GoTG did, or even TMNT (but with a MUCH better story and villain development).

    • Manuel Orozco

      I’m seeing both movies this weekend

    • Manuel Orozco

      I saw them GOTG was better TMNT was good. I think Power Rangers should go for GOTG tone

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