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New character, story & casting details for Lionsgate's Power Rangers reboot

06.10.2015

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Pictured above is the logo for Lionsgate's POWER RANGERS reboot Collider found while lurking around the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, and there's also a bunch of possible new details on the project from Heroic Hollywood.

Sources tell the site that casting hasn't begun yet for the film, but "it's expected to be all unknown actors for the actual Power Rangers as the studio wants them all to play late teens." HH goes on to say they've heard that Rangers nemesis Rita Repulsa will appear in the reboot, and the site's sources provided a description of the character.

A huntress. A striking, yet subtly alien-looking woman. She carries a metallic staff topped with a distinctive crescent shape. Advances with a soldier’s confidence, guided by some sort of compass... Her staff is actually a device of immense power. She points it at the ground. Heads emerge, built layer upon layer like 3-D printing, made from the earth itself... The staff’s technology grants her the ability to create humanoid figures, soulless and robotic.

Power Rangers Rita Repulsa

Apparently we will be introduced to Rita Repulsa in the prologue of the film, with Rita fighting the cretaceous period's Power Rangers on the last day dinosaurs walked the Earth, and that era's team will be led by Zordon as the Red Ranger. Sources say Zordon may be an alien, but he looks like a man in his 50s, and they also describe him as "Sinewy and strong, as if carved from some root that refused to die."

PROJECT ALMANAC's Dean Israelite will direct POWER RANGERS for Lionsgate, and Israelite gave an update on the project during a recent interview with IGN.

I read the script and was really surprised by it and thought there was a really cool, contemporary, mature but still playful, buoyant and fun take on the material, and was updated in a really interesting way. It had this wonderful character that's essential to going on a fantastic adventure. I was instantly drawn to it. I remember it as a kid. I grew up with it in South Africa. When I opened the script I had no idea how it was going to be updated, and I was really impressed by it. So I put a really big presentation together, because I needed to win the job. There were a lot of guys going out for it and saw the potential in it, so I put a really big presentation together and was lucky enough to get the job. We're in sort of a soft pre-production right now, doing a lot of design work and reimagining the world. It's really cool and exciting.

What are your thoughts on the latest POWER RANGERS news?

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POWER RANGERS is scheduled to be released on January 13, 2017.

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5:43AM on 06/11/2015
Hahaha yeah I'm that type of person who only watch the Japanese series, so best of luck but I'm not rooting for this flick. The adult Power Rangers short was crap as well, though they'll probably gonna Michael Bay the shit out of that for the new movie.
Hahaha yeah I'm that type of person who only watch the Japanese series, so best of luck but I'm not rooting for this flick. The adult Power Rangers short was crap as well, though they'll probably gonna Michael Bay the shit out of that for the new movie.
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8:03PM on 06/10/2015

Zordon as the Red Ranger?!

I'M IN!!!

This sounds awesome! Like a prequel to the original show. My inner 6 year old is freaking the fuck out right now!
I'M IN!!!

This sounds awesome! Like a prequel to the original show. My inner 6 year old is freaking the fuck out right now!
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6:35PM on 06/10/2015
for years, my friends and I have talked about how someone needs to make a good Power Rangers film. I am sure this is going to be a major success, like MAJOR. Toys will sell, people will dress up in costumes, books will be made, and kids will die for it.
for years, my friends and I have talked about how someone needs to make a good Power Rangers film. I am sure this is going to be a major success, like MAJOR. Toys will sell, people will dress up in costumes, books will be made, and kids will die for it.
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4:11PM on 06/10/2015

What happened to "The movie will have continuity with the show"?

That can't happen if ZORDON and the evil RITA appear in the movie. I wouldn't mind a full reboot; I just want them to be more consistent with their announcements.
That can't happen if ZORDON and the evil RITA appear in the movie. I wouldn't mind a full reboot; I just want them to be more consistent with their announcements.
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8:01PM on 06/10/2015
In essence it does have continuity to the show. It sounds like a prequel to Mighty Morphin.
In essence it does have continuity to the show. It sounds like a prequel to Mighty Morphin.
11:14PM on 06/10/2015
heh, the SHOW barely has continuity with the show.
My assumption was always that the movie would be a reboot for both itself and the show as well.
heh, the SHOW barely has continuity with the show.
My assumption was always that the movie would be a reboot for both itself and the show as well.
5:46AM on 06/11/2015
Why do I get the feeling Jason David Frank is gonna be at least considered to be Zordon?
Why do I get the feeling Jason David Frank is gonna be at least considered to be Zordon?
11:35AM on 06/10/2015
I actually kinda dig what they are doing with Rita and Zordon, especially Zordon. Not sure about the cretaceous period part, it makes sense for Dino's, but still, interesting.
Would love to see an updated Megazord or a much better toy version than the 90's or the Legacy ones.
I actually kinda dig what they are doing with Rita and Zordon, especially Zordon. Not sure about the cretaceous period part, it makes sense for Dino's, but still, interesting.
Would love to see an updated Megazord or a much better toy version than the 90's or the Legacy ones.
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10:43AM on 06/10/2015
I just hope this new film version of the Green Ranger is just as badass as the Green Ranger was back in the 90's television show. And I really hope they keep the suits/costume designs the same.

With the right talent, this could be an awesome successful franchise on U.S. adults who grew up watching it during their childhood.
I just hope this new film version of the Green Ranger is just as badass as the Green Ranger was back in the 90's television show. And I really hope they keep the suits/costume designs the same.

With the right talent, this could be an awesome successful franchise on U.S. adults who grew up watching it during their childhood.
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10:19AM on 06/10/2015
I'm surprised that after all these years Power Rangers are still going strong. Not sure if new generation's kids like it or not but I really liked it when I was a kid. I hope the new movie would be along the line of that Power Rangers short movie that was out a couple of months ago.
I'm surprised that after all these years Power Rangers are still going strong. Not sure if new generation's kids like it or not but I really liked it when I was a kid. I hope the new movie would be along the line of that Power Rangers short movie that was out a couple of months ago.
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10:19AM on 06/10/2015
As long as it has the Green Ranger, the dragon green and gold version, then we're all good. That was the only thing I didn't like about the original movie was that while their costume designs were so cool and new, they used the White Ranger instead. Would have loved to have seen Green done in that style.
As long as it has the Green Ranger, the dragon green and gold version, then we're all good. That was the only thing I didn't like about the original movie was that while their costume designs were so cool and new, they used the White Ranger instead. Would have loved to have seen Green done in that style.
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4:08PM on 06/10/2015
At the time, the GREEN RANGER has lost his powers and became the WHITE RANGER. There was no other choice.
At the time, the GREEN RANGER has lost his powers and became the WHITE RANGER. There was no other choice.
7:17PM on 06/10/2015
I know that, I'm saying they should have had green in the first movie just for the badass version of that suit we would have gotten. Tommy coulda changed clothes, no prob.
I know that, I'm saying they should have had green in the first movie just for the badass version of that suit we would have gotten. Tommy coulda changed clothes, no prob.
9:45AM on 06/10/2015
In all honesty, this definitely has potential. Look at how many properties that have been adapted from TV or books that probably seem silly/ridiculous on paper, but the finished product is really good. GOTG comes to mind on that one.

I know the TV shows from the 90's are pretty lame when you look back at them. But if they focus on the core idea of the show and get away from the "after school special" mentality of the show, and give it some modern day sensibilities, it can be a franchise
In all honesty, this definitely has potential. Look at how many properties that have been adapted from TV or books that probably seem silly/ridiculous on paper, but the finished product is really good. GOTG comes to mind on that one.

I know the TV shows from the 90's are pretty lame when you look back at them. But if they focus on the core idea of the show and get away from the "after school special" mentality of the show, and give it some modern day sensibilities, it can be a franchise that works.
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10:41AM on 06/10/2015
THIS....More people need to understand this.
THIS....More people need to understand this.
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