The Power Rangers movie is gaining some steam, as Lionsgate and Saban have enlisted a pair of screenwriters to put pen to paper. Heat Vision reports that X-Men: First Class scribes Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz will pen the screenplay for Power Rangers, while studio favorite Roberto Orci has boarded the pic as an executive producer. In addition to First Class, Miller and Stentz also wrote Marvel’s Thor and worked on the TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Fringe, the latter of which was also produced by Orci. It’s unclear what this new Power Rangers movie will entail, but it’s planned as a complete reinvention of the property. Hit the jump for more, including just how much involvement Orci will have with the film.
For those unfamiliar with the wonderful cheese that is Power Rangers, it began as a 1993 TV series called Mighty Morphin Power Rangers that followed five teenagers who were bestowed with special powers that allowed them to morph into brightly colored rangers so that they could battl evil aliens. It drew from a number of influences, most notably Voltron, but was a staple of many a 90s kid’s childhood viewing habits. It also spawned a lucrative toy business, as fans collected the individual rangers as well as the animal vehicles that combined together to morph into the weapon with which the Rangers defeated their alien foe.
Though Orci’s involvement isn’t encouraging, he’s only onboard as an executive producer and Heat Vision notes that he intends to simply develop the movie’s story with Miller and Stentz before they tackle the scripting duties. His hands are full anyway these days with Star Trek 3, which is planned as his directorial debut.
Power Rangers is a weird property and I’m interested to see what Stentz and Miller’s take on the material entails. They definitely proved to be adept at handling reboots of sorts with First Class, so hopefully they’re planning an interesting spin on the Power Rangers. Now, who are they gonna get to direct this thing?