POWER RANGERS Movie to Be Written by X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Scribes Ashley Miller and Zack Stenz; Roberto Orci to Executive Produce

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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.

power-rangers-movie-roberto-orciFor 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?




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  • *rage mode activated*

    FFFFFFFFFFFFFF****************** YOU ROBERTO ORCI STOP TOUCHING MY FAVORITE CHILDHOOD FRANCHISES!!!!!!!!!

    • axalon

      “LOL you’ll still pay for it”

      –Roberto

  • appolox

    I feel like in capable hands this could turn Power Rangers from cheesy kid fare to something genuinely epic.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Hope so too

    • Gerry Rock

      I just saw Transformers 4 and though it would be pretty awesome to watch the dinozords in true hd 3d

      • appolox

        I’m imagining a cross Teen Titans and Pacific Rim. But if they do have dinozords maybe they could actually have a purpose other than showing up at the very end just to look cool ;)

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        Ramin Djawadi for the score. Period!

      • Manuel Orozco

        Or Daft Punk or John Williams or Hans Zimmer

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        I’m not sure about John Williams… he’s very “classic” on his approach so I don’t know if he could suit this. Hans Zimmer actually did something like than on the last Spidey film though so it’s easier to see him doing it. Daft Punk is kinda obvious but in the good way!

      • Manuel Orozco

        I thought of Williams because he’s a great composter and can write a beautiful love theme for Tommy and Kimberly Zimmerman like you said for Spider man maybe bring back Pharrel into the music department Daft punk because of how evocative their themes for Tron legacy

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        I agree he is a great composer but the problem is that a lyric, classical theme would not fit with a teenage romance. That’s why I liked Zimmer’s work on Spidey (and Zanelli’s in Disturbia) because it actually sounded like something a kid would hear on a radio. It’s contemporary and, yet, beautiful (look for “We’re Best Friends” on youtube). Daft Punk, on the other hand, judging from their work on Tron, is like the best of both worlds (Zimmer and Williams). I’d mention M83 mostly based on their albums and not on Oblivion which, while good, was too nostalgic.

      • Manuel Orozco

        I like the main theme Zimmer wrote for Spidy it really gets you pumped up with energy

      • Manuel Orozco

        By the way I liked Oblivion too but I’m not familiar with M83

      • Manuel Orozco

        Or Micheal Giacchino

      • Manuel Orozco

        I enjoyed transformers 4 as well but the Dinobots need more screen time next time

    • Manuel Orozco

      Let’s hope that does happen because I want it to be epic too

    • Manuel Orozco

      Let’s hope that does happen because I want it to be epic too

  • Manuel Orozco

    I wonder how Orci is gonna tackle the Power Rangers I think the directors chair should belong to someone who can balance colorful nostalgia action drama romance humor and visuals in a near perfect fashion not Micheal Bay not Alfonso Cuaron no Christopher Nolan maybe a newcomer

    • https://soundcloud.com/soup_herman soup, herman?

      Joon-ho Bong to direct Power Rangers! Anyone else and I’d feel like I’ve already seen it before it’s even released (like TMNT)

      • Manuel Orozco

        Who’s Joon-ho Bong

      • https://soundcloud.com/soup_herman soup, herman?

        Korean director, he did The Host, Mother and Snowpiercer

      • Manuel Orozco

        I’ve heard of the Host but not seen it I’m not a horror person

      • astr

        not really a horror film though.

      • Manuel Orozco

        Don’t care really

      • Manuel Orozco

        Yup but the only horror movies I ever liked are Jaws and Coraline

      • https://soundcloud.com/soup_herman soup, herman?

        I really like The Host. I think its on Netflix, if you’re at a loss for things to watch.

      • Manuel Orozco

        No thanks

      • https://soundcloud.com/soup_herman soup, herman?

        ok.

      • Manuel Orozco

        I want you to think of another good director who can be good for the movie

      • Manuel Orozco

        By the way I’m looking forward to TMNT next month even though I’m not a fan of the comics cartoons video games all that nine yards

      • Gerry Rock

        I vote for Michael Bay as director… he knows how to put explotions and giant robots in good action

      • Manuel Orozco

        I rather see him stick to Transformers

      • Strong Enough

        get the guy who made need for Speed. he;s got a great eye. just needs a good script

      • Manuel Orozco

        Tell that to my brother George because he is yet to see that one

    • Falco

      Maybe Gavin Hood? I thought “Ender’s Game” was kick-ass. That was directed/produced by Hood/Orci, respectively. It didn’t do amazing in the box office, but I don’t think that’s their fault. If Hood signed a multiple-movie contract with Lionsgate, then his name is no doubt floating around. Both are young adult franchises too.

      • Falco

        Or one of the “Hunger Games” directors is a big possibility.

      • Manuel Orozco

        Maybe Gary Ross

      • Manuel Orozco

        Hood also directed X men origins wolverine 5 years ago and after that I stopped following X men after 4 years

      • Falco

        “X-Men Origins” was terrible, but Gavin Hood wasn’t a writer on that one – he only directed. While he may not have been the best choice for the director’s chair, I don’t think it’s fair to drag him down for how it turned out.

      • Manuel Orozco

        It was still good anyway

      • Manuel Orozco

        By the way what does kick ass mean

      • Falco

        “Kick-ass” means “awesome”. And it’s also the title of a “kick-ass” movie. ;)

      • Manuel Orozco

        Oh let’s hope power rangers is kick ass

    • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

      It would be a nice fit for an indie director of comedy films… but the tone for this is a really hard thing to pull off in this case in particular… maybe the D.J. Caruso who directed Disturbia, not the one who directed Number 4 (I tried to like that movie… seriously… I just couldn’t)

      • Manuel Orozco

        Nvm all I said

      • Manuel Orozco

        By the way DJ Cuarso did direct Number 4

      • Manuel Orozco

        What indie director were you thinking

  • Dmula

    As long as those costumes are in the movie and megazord is unchanged it’ll great!!

    • Manuel Orozco

      Let’s hope you are right but they need minor upgrades

  • Joshua

    Pretty sure every promising director that could work on a movie/franchise have been snatched by the Star Wars franchise for the next ten years. And I’m not complaining.

    That said, I LOVE Power Rangers, and if they can get a solid director and a tone that fit the story, this could be great. The tone they choose is what I’m really interested in seeing. Will it be goofy? Will it be straight-faced serious? Will it be tongue-in-cheek? I can’t think of another film franchise except maybe TMNT that is similar to Power Rangers, and I don’t feel too confident about how that franchise is being handled as of late. Here’s to hoping…

    • Manuel Orozco

      I have hope too I may not have followed the franchise all my life but as a young adult watching the 90′s rangers on Netflix i have faith Lionsgate will have something special planned

  • https://soundcloud.com/soup_herman soup, herman?

    I love Fringe, but for some reason Roberto Orci makes my d**k shrink. I really don’t know why, because he hasn’t produced/written anything I outright hate. I suspect he’ll direct something awesome soon enough and we’ll all have to suck it.

    • Mezmero

      PUASE SIR LOL

  • https://soundcloud.com/soup_herman soup, herman?

    I hope they take some artistic license with Power Rangers and don’t focus on the fan service, because there’s so little story and character building in the source. Much rather see a modern interpretation of the Power Rangers. And please cast some normal or ugly looking people, the most offputting thing to me when I see a new IP is pretty folk, Seems so synthetic and over produced.

    • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

      Yep… I agree with that. That’s why I don’t watch most of those “teen” movies (won’t watch The Fault is in our Stars, ever) and I don’t get behind the casting choices for the War Games remake. Matthew Broderick was not ugly but he wasn’t a “hearthrob” either: he looked normal. And Shia LaBeouf looked like a normal teen too in Disturbia and that’s why those movies work well (IMO). Normal doesn’t mean ugly. I mean, even Joseph Gordon-Levitt (a good looking fella) and Zooey Deschanel (a gorgeous woman) look like normal people in (500) Days of Summer. The casting is going to be a crucial part of the succes or failure of this thing. Some of the characters would need pretty people though, if they adapt the original characters: if I recall correctly (I haven’t seen the original show for years) Tommy WAS a hearthrob and Jason was an athlete. I actually don’t remember what Kimberly was supposed to be though but Kat was played more like a femme fatale to an extent. But that’s it. Billy (a nerd), Zack (I actually think that Michael B. Jordan or the guy from Community) and Triny were pretty normal (90′s) people.

      • Manuel Orozco

        I think the rangers should be played by newcomers

  • !

    Why do studios like Orci, when fans passionately hate him? For some reason they think that we go to see the movies because he wrote or produced, not because we are fans of the property. And then we get angry at the writing and story. He needs to go away.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Say all you want

    • Sandwich

      Orci and his buddy Kurtzman are Grade-A, Hollywood pieces of shit.

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        Please, show me your scripts to see if you can back up that assesment.

      • Sandwich

        I didn’t say I could do better jackass. lol. I can back it up by the countless examples of misogyny and plot-holes in their movies that have already been made.

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        Misogyny? If you are talking about that scene with Megan Fox in TF 2 I’d blame that on Michael Bay. Other than that, I don’t know what are you talking about. The plot holes are debatable but I can’t recall one at the moment. Again, if you are able to write a script for a 2-hour film without a single tiny plot-hole I’d say you can back it up, otherwise you are full of bull.

  • Mezmero

    I agree with everybody who thinks the tone will determine if this will be worth it. But the most important thing is characters. I don’t mind if they make this a strait up sci-fi/action/martial arts flick just don’t make it without the original names of the rangers and villains. People did nothing but complain about the new TMNT,but the only thing they changed was instead of just playing in ooze they were made in a lab. As long as Raph,Leo,Donny and Mikey are in it I don’t care just as long as it look good and stays true. YES THOSE WHO HATED WERE ALL WRONG NOW I WILL GIVE THIS CHANCE TOO.

  • Devin Reed

    Hopefully this turns out good. Another in the long list of properties from my childhood being adapted as films….

    • Manuel Orozco

      My childhood to sort of

  • Daniel Ronczkowski

    This wont work. We GREW UP with MMPR and were used to the characters well before the irst movie came outo by the time I saw them in the theater as a kid I was excited see Tommy andson and all them on the screen. If they don’t plan to bring the new group of Rangers on a show FIRST then it will be useless.

  • gar216

    After Transformers was a hit, I’m surprised that we didn’t see this movie in 2010.

    • yrulaughing418

      Transformers can sorta be adapted to have a gritty/semi-serious tone and appeal to adults
      Not sure the same can be done with Power Rangers

      • gar216

        In 2005 you wouldn’t have given transformers that much credit. Power Rangers is a team of teenage heroes, super powers, martial arts, and giant robots rolled into 1. Its basically everything that makes Hollywood money, blended into 1 big thing.

  • Person

    Nothing will ever beat the original film. All hail Ivan Ooze!

    • Grendal Sven

      Dulcea…

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  • poop

    You had me until Bob Orci. Pass

  • Diaz

    They need to make this movie dark and more adult in it’s tone. Pick up on the Rangers lives in their 30′s. They haven’t been needed for years and a couple have lost their way. Then the call comes for them to return to duty… Finish it up Orci and don’t futz it up!

    • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

      I don’t see that working. The appeal of the Power Rangers was the fact that they were (basically) teens not so older than you were and making them older now would alienate those who didn’t watch the show. Maybe it could work if you get something to match the quality of The Wrath of Khan or The Undiscovered Country that tackled similar themes with established characters but MMPR is not Star Trek. The best way to do it would be rebooting. But please, do the original Power Rangers, not any of that Samurai Force or other crap knock offs.

    • Grendal Sven

      We need to have a Godzilla, Power Rangers, Gypsy Danger 3 way fight.

      Spoiler alert, some little kid calls Gamera at the end he kills them all. Gamera OP DAWG!

  • Strong Enough

    “Though Orci’s involvement isn’t encouraging”

    this site hates Bob & Alex so much lmaooo

    • Manuel Orozco

      I don’t

      • Strong Enough

        when i say site i mean the people who write the articles

      • Manuel Orozco

        Sorry

  • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

    Come on, enough with the hate already! Even if he is not a good writer (debatable, IMO, you forget he co-created Fringe and Sleepy Hollow, and co-wrote MI 3) he clearly enjoys and loves the things he works on (for the record, I love the old AND the new Star Trek movies HE co-wrote) and, even if they don’t actually gel together (arguably, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which I loved) to the other fans (Star Trek, Transformers), he ends putting on screen stories that work as stories and, in worst case scenario, are good mindless fun (Transformers 2 is a hard one. It had potential but the strike and the inmovable release date hurt it badly).

    • Manuel Orozco

      Im with you on Orcis defense

  • Joshua B

    All I’m going to say is, Michael Bay better stay the hell away from this franchise.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I rather see him stick to Transformers

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