Power Rangers (film)
|Directed by||Dean Israelite|
|Screenplay by||John Gatins|
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers|
by Haim Saban,
and Toei Company
|Music by||Brian Tyler|
|Cinematography||Matthew J. Lloyd|
Power Rangers (billed as Saban's Power Rangers) is an upcoming 2017 American superhero film directed by Dean Israelite and written by John Gatins, Kieran Mulroney, Michele Mulroney, Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. The film is based on the franchise of the same name, it stars Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G, Ludi Lin, Bill Hader, Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Banks.
As the third film based on the Power Rangers property and serves as a reboot and reimagining of the franchise. It also marks the first Power Ranger film since 1997's Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie. The film features most of the main characters of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers although portrayed by a new cast. Franchise creator Haim Saban returned to produce the film under Saban Capital Group. Power Rangers will be released in the United States on March 24, 2017.
Five troubled teenage student outcasts – Zack, Kimberly, Billy, Trini, and Jason – become the Power Rangers after learning that their town of Angel Grove and the world itself are threatened by Rita Repulsa and her alien forces.
- Dacre Montgomery as Jason Lee Scott/Red Ranger: The leader of the Power Rangers and Kimberly's love interest.
- Naomi Scott as Kimberly Hart/Pink Ranger: A member of the Power Rangers and Jason's love interest.
- RJ Cyler as Billy Cranston/Blue Ranger: A member of the Power Rangers.
- Becky G as Trini Kwan/Yellow Ranger: A member of the Power Rangers.
- Ludi Lin as Zack Taylor/Black Ranger: A member of the Power Rangers.
- Bryan Cranston as Zordon: The mentor of the Power Rangers.
- Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa: An alien invader, and enemy of the Power Rangers.
- Bill Hader as Alpha 5: The robot assistant of Zordon.
- David Denman as Sam Scott: Jason's father.
- Sarah Grey as Amanda
- Anjali Jay as Maddy Hart: Kimberly's mother.
- Patrick Sabongui as Mr. Kwan: Trini's father.
- Lisa Berry as Candace Cranston: Billy's mother.
- Emily Maddison as Rebecca
- Kayden Magnuson as Pearl Scott: Jason's sister.
- Ranjit Samra as Security Guard
- Jaime Callica as Officer Bebe
- Goldar and the Putty Patrol will also be appearing in the film.
Saban Capital Group and Lionsgate first announced the film in March 2014 Roberto Orci was originally attached to produce and Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz were hired to write the script for the film. Orci would eventually leave the project to work on Star Trek Beyond. On April 10, 2015, TheWrap reported that Dean Israelite was in negotiations to direct the film. Israelite told IGN in an interview that the film will be "completely playful, and it needs to be really fun and funny. But like Project Almanac, it's going to feel very grounded at the same time, and very contemporary and have a real edge to it, and a real gut to it, it's going to be a fun, joyful [movie] but one that feels completely grounded in a real world, with real characters going through real things." Brian Tyler was brought on to compose the film. Director Dean Israelite explained how the film will update itself from the original series, to be more character-driven and incorporate naturalism and grounded nature.
Actors began testing for the roles of the five Power Rangers on October 2, 2015. On October 7, 2015, Naomi Scott was cast as Kimberly. Newcomers Dacre Montgomery, Ludi Lin and RJ Cyler were then cast as Jason, Zack, and Billy respectively. At the months' end, Becky G was chosen to play Trini. On October 30, 2015, Saban confirmed that the Rangers would have the same first names as those on the original series. When it came to casting the Rangers, director Dean Israelite said, "From the very beginning, diversity was a very important part of the whole process", and that while the races of the characters were switched around, he added that, "we made sure that the essence of each of those characters are who they were in the original show, and this really will be an origin story of those characters.” On February 2, 2016, it was announced that Elizabeth Banks would portray Rita Repulsa in the film. Four months later, Bryan Cranston, who voiced Twin Man and Snizard in the original series, announced he was cast as Zordon. Cranston revealed that he will do motion-capture and CGI. In September 2016, Walter Emanuel Jones, the actor who played Zack in the original series, confirmed none of the original cast would cameo in the film. Towards the end of the month, comedian Bill Hader was cast as Alpha 5. During a panel at New York Comic Con, it was confirmed that Goldar would appear in the film.
Filming was originally set to begin on January 2016 but was rescheduled and began on February 29 in Vancouver. On May 28, 2016, filming was complete. Additional filming occurred in October 2016.
On March 3, 2016, Lionsgate released the first official photo of the five Rangers. The following month, the company released the first official photo of Banks as Rita Repulsa. and on May 5th unveiled the first official look at the rangers suits. Regarding the new suits, director Dean Israelite stated, "The show was about kids coming of age, about metamorphosis, these suits needed to feel like they were catalyzed by these kids and their energy, their spirit", while production designer Andrew Menzies stated that the new suits are "an alien costume that grows on them, that’s not man-made. You can’t win everyone over, but we are trying to appeal to a more mature audience and gain new fans." A teaser poster was released in June with additional character posters released in July, September and October. On October 8, 2016 the teaser trailer for the film was released.
A fictional Angel Grove High School Newspaper website was created alongside the official Power Rangers website which features a GIF creator which allows users to make a GIF out of scenes from the teaser trailer. There is also going to be an official toy line produced by Bandai and an extensive merchandising range to promote the film. Additionally, Max Landis, who was fired from writing the film, criticized the trailer. He claimed it looked like Chronicle, a movie that he himself had wrote. The trailer was met with mixed reactions, some praised it for its darker, contemporary reimagining of the classic characters while still looking action-packed and fun at the same time, but others criticized the lack of relation to the original series and the trailer appearing cookie cutter. Liongate revealed the T-Rex zord toy on 28 October 2016, amongst other toys, and the Power Rangers Twitter account revealed the megazord toy on November 4, 2016. On November 15, 2016, Lionsgate debuted the toys based on the film's individual zords.
Jon Feltheimer, CEO of Lionsgate, in a conference call to analysts said "We could see doing five or six or seven."
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