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Roberto Orci talks Power Rangers: “I won’t ruin your franchise”

22 July 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Last week it was announced that Roberto Orci (Star Trek) had signed on to executive produce the upcoming Power Rangers reboot, as well as developing the story with Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (X-Men: First Class), who will pen the screenplay. During an interview with IGN, Orci has discussed working with Haim Saban on the latest big screen version of the long-running series, promising that “I won’t ruin your franchise”.

“One of the first things we did was learn and read,” says Orci. “They have 600 pages of research that they have on their stuff. We read through the synopsis of everything they did and we are actually taking into account quite a bit of the canon in a real way. We’re not just a leave it behind reboot. [Haim] Saban cares very much about that. This is something that he created. I had to go to his house, personally, »

- Gary Collinson

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Roberto Orci Promises ‘Power Rangers’ Reboot Won’t Forget The Original Series

22 July 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

When originally announced, the team behind the new Power Rangers movie stated that it would“re-envision the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” leaving many to believe it would be a stand-alone film with no relevance to the original series or film. Thankfully they have come to their senses and executive producer Roberto Orci has confirmed that it will not be a ‘leave it behind reboot’.

The producer has previously worked on both Transformers and Star Trek so it would seem he is the perfect pick to make Power Rangers a success. In preparation for the project he has spent a lot of time with the series creator Haim Saban and has assured that they are going to do the right thing by everybody.

One of the first things we did was learn and read… They have 600 pages of research that they have on their stuff. We read through the synopsis of »

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Power Rangers movie producer open to original cast cameos

22 July 2014 7:19 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Original Power Rangers cast members could have cameos in the upcoming movie reboot.

Executive producer Roberto Orci told IGN that the Haim Saban group would decide whether or not original cast members would appear in the movie.

Asked if there was a possibility for original cast cameos, Orci replied: "Of course. That's something we want to rely on the Saban group to tell us.

"They have a lot of internal knowledge of their franchise and we're just learning now. We've seen it only as fans, but they actually know it inside and out, so I'd love to know what fans want to see."

Promising not to ruin the franchise, Orci said that the film would have a continuity within the Power Rangers world.

"It's got a continuity within the world," he continued. "I can't tell you what, but it does have a continuity.

"We read through the synopsis of everything »

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Roberto Orci on Powers Rangers: I won't ruin your franchise

21 July 2014 11:01 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

A quick Power Rangers movie reboot update, as Roberto Orci talks about getting Saban's blessing to press ahead with the film...

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Amongst the collection of projects that Roberto Orci is juggling right now (of which the next Star Trek film is one) is an overseeing role on the reboot of the Power Rangers movie series. He's developing the plot for the film, which will the be written by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (who worked together on X-Men: First Class).

He's since been chatting to IGN about the project, and revealed that "One of the first things we did was learn and read...They have 600 pages of research that they have on their stuff. We read through the synopsis of everything they did and we are actually taking into account quite a bit of the canon in a real way. We're not just a leave it behind reboot".

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'Power Rangers' Movie Is Connected to Original Series

21 July 2014 3:54 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in May, Lionsgate announced that the studio is teaming up with Haim Saban's Saban Brands for a new Power Rangers movie that was expected to be a complete reboot of the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers TV series. Roberto Orci, who signed on last week to executive produce and develop the story with writers Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller, revealed in a new interview with IGN that there will be a connection between the movie and the iconic TV series.

When asked if the movie will feature the same characters as the show, Roberto Orci revealed that Haim Saban did not want them to completely disregard his existing brand.

"One of the first things we did was learn and read... They have 600 pages of research that they have on their stuff. We read through the synopsis of everything they did and we are actually taking into account quite a »

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Roberto Orci: "I Won't Ruin" Power Rangers & Open To Original Cast Cameos

21 July 2014 12:41 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Roberto Orci, who is one of the men responsible for Star Trek Into Darkness and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, promised Haim Saban he wouldn't ruin the Power Rangers franchise. Saban believed him and that is how he became one of the producers on the project. And that is just some of what Orci told IGN in a recent interview. For the most part Orci gave vague responses, especially when asked about the continuity. "It's got a continuity within the world," told IGN. "I can't tell you what, but it does have a continuity. As for a potential director? That'll have to wait. When X-Men: First Class' screenwriters Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz do complete their script, that is when Orci and the rest of his team will search out the best director for Power Rangers. And Orci provided hope that there could be cameos for the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers »

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'Power Rangers' Lands 'X-Men' Writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz

16 July 2014 12:02 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

The Power Rangers movie has landed some pretty cool writers. Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, who wrote X-Men: First Class, have been hired to write the script for the mighty movie.

Roberto Orci (Transformers and Star Trek movies) has also joined the team as executive producer. Orci is best known as one half of the screenwriting duo with his partner Alex Kurtzman, though they recently split to focus on different projects. Orci will develop the Power Rangers story with Miller and Stentz.

The Power Rangers was a popular TV show in the '90s. There was also a movie in 1995.

The new movie promises to be "completely re-envision the Rangers, a group of high school kids who are infused with unique and cool super powers but must harness and use those powers as a team if they have any hope of saving the world."

Power Rangers is being produced by Haim Saban, »

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Power Rangers movie gains X-Men: First Class writers and Roberto Orci as executive producer

15 July 2014 1:53 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The recently-announced Power Rangers film reboot has found its creative team, as The Hollywood Reporter reveals that X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz will pen the screenplay, while Star Trek and The Amazing Spider-Man 2‘s Roberto Orci is also on board as executive producer.

Orci will produce the film without his long-standing creative partner Alex Kurtzman, under his Sneaky Shark banner. He’ll help develop the story with Miller and Stentz before handing them the screenwriting duties.

Haim Saban, who created the franchise, is also on board this reboot, which will “completely re-envision” the iconic team of martial arts and giant robot-wielding teenagers. This time around, they’re “infused with cool super powers,” and must harness them to save the world.

Now, while Miller and Stentz are credited with writing X-Men: First Class, it’s worth noting that their script was heavily re-written by as many as six writers, »

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'Power Rangers' Movie Gets 'X-Men: First Class' Writers and Roberto Orci

15 July 2014 12:47 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The 2016 reboot Power Rangers, which returns the original Saban TV series back to the big screen, has hired X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz to pen the screenplay.

Roberto Orci, who recently excused himself from any ties to the Marvel/Sony sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 3, has joined this new iteration of Power Rangers as an executive producer and will help develop the story alongside Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz.

Power Rangers became a phenomenon in the mid-90s, with a syndicated afternoon TV series. It first hit the big screen in 1995 with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie and was followed by Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie in 1997.

The new 2016 version of Power Rangers will be a complete reboot with a new group of high school kids who become infused with the iconic Mighty Morphin super powers. They must learn to harness these new abilities if »

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Power Rangers movie hires X-Men writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz

15 July 2014 12:44 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Power Rangers movie reboot has enlisted X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz as scriptwriters.

Transformers and Star Trek writer Roberto Orci has also joined as executive producer and will develop the film's story with Miller and Stentz, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

What happened to the original Power Rangers cast? How they look now

In May, it was confirmed that the Power Rangers would be revived for a brand new movie by Lionsgate and Haim Saban.

The new franchise will re-imagine the Power Rangers as a group of high school kids with unusual super powers, who must learn to harness their abilities as a group in order to save the world.

Orci recently announced his exit from Sony Pictures' Spider-Man franchise.

"Lionsgate is the perfect home for elevating our Power Rangers brand to the next level," Saban said.

"They have the vision, marketing prowess and incredible »

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‘Power Rangers’ Movie Adds Roberto Orci, ‘X-Men’ Writers

15 July 2014 12:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Roberto Orci has signed on to executive produce Lionsgate’s “Power Rangers” movie  through his newly formed Sneaky Shark.

Lionsgate and Saban Brands announced the “Power Rangers” project in May. Orci will develop the story along with writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, who will pen the script.

Orci’s writing credits include “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “Star Trek,” “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” “Transformers” and “Mission: Impossible III.” Miller and Stentz have teamed on “X-Men: First Class” and “Thor.”

Power Rangers creator Haim Saban is producing the film along with Brian Casentini, head of development and production for Saban Brands, and Allison Shearmur, who oversaw “The Hunger Games” as president of production at Lionsgate.

Saban launched “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” in 1993 as a live-action TV series. It has been in continuous production ever since, with the series renamed each year — the latest being “Power Rangers Super Megaforce,” which began airing in February. »

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Tommy Lee Jones’ ‘The Homesman’ Gets Awards Season Release Date from Saban Films

20 June 2014 11:54 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Saban Films will partner with Roadside Attractions to handle the U.S. theatrical distribution of “The Homesman,” setting a Nov. 7 release date and planning an aggressive awards campaign.

The new label acquired U.S. distribution to the Western drama, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank, following its world premiere in competition at Cannes. The film also stars Meryl Streep and her daughter Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter, Hailee Steinfeld and James Spader.

Roadside titles have garnered 13 Oscar nominations over the past four awards seasons.

This is the first acquisition for Saban Films and the second collaboration among Saban president Bill Bromiley, Jones and Michael Fitzgerald following 2008’s “In the Electric Mist.”

Saban Films will also manage sales on all other U.S. distribution platforms for “The Homesman.”

Media mogul Haim Saban is moving into movies with the launch of Saban Films, announced a week before the start of the Cannes Film Festival. »

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Saban Films, Roadside saddle Homesman

20 June 2014 11:46 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Haim Saban’s nascent distributor led by Bill Bromiley has struck up a one-off partnership with Roadside Attractions on the Cannes competition entry as the parties plot an awards run.

Tommy Lee Jones’ second outing as feature director will open on November 7 and stars Jones and Hilary Swank alongside Meryl Streep, Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter, Hailee Steinfeld and James Spader.

Saban Films will manage sales across all other Us distribution platforms, pursuant to what is believed to be its long-term focus of digital rights exploitation and day-and-date releases. EuropaCorp handles international sales.

Bromiley and his team are in talks with a studio partner to handle North American theatrical distribution going forward on an anticipated annual slate of eight to 10 films.  

The Homesman marked Saban Films’ first acquisition and took place on the Croisette. Saban Films will put up the P&A and Roadside will take care of the disitrbution logistics and consult with Saban on marketing »

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Saban Films, Roadside saddle up on Homesman

20 June 2014 11:46 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Haim Saban’s nascent distributor led by Bill Bromiley has struck up a one-off partnership with Roadside Attractions on Cannes competition entry The Homesman as the parties plot an awards run.

The Homesman, Tommy Lee Jones’ second outing as feature director, will open on November 7 and stars Jones and Hilary Swank alongside Meryl Streep, Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter, Hailee Steinfeld and James Spader.

Saban Films will manage sales across all other Us distribution platforms, pursuant to what is believed to be its long-term focus of digital rights exploitation and day-and-date releases. EuropaCorp handles international sales.

Bromiley and his team are in talks with a studio partner to handle North American theatrical distribution going forward on an anticipated annual slate of eight to 10 films.  

The Homesman marked Saban Films’ first acquisition and took place on the Croisette. Saban Films will put up the P&A and Roadside will take care of the disitrbution logistics and consult »

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Tommy Lee Jones' 'The Homesman' Adds Roadside Attractions as Co-Distributor

20 June 2014 10:41 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Haim Saban's new venture Saban Films will team with Roadside Attractions for U.S. distribution of Tommy Lee Jones' The Homesman. The Western, which stars Jones and Hilary Swank, had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Saban Films acquired the North American distribution rights during the film festival in its first acquisition. Photos Cannes: THR's Photo Portfolio With Cate Blanchett, Channing Tatum, Kristen Stewart Saban and Roadside plan to release the film, which features a supporting cast of Meryl Streep, Grace Gummer, Hailee Steinfeld and James Spader, on Nov. 7 along with an awards campaign. Photos

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Saban Films, Roadside Take Cannes Pic ‘The Homesman’

20 June 2014 10:16 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Upstart company Saban Films will partner with Roadside Attractions to handle the U.S. theatrical distribution of the Tommy Lee Jones-directed The Homesman, the Western that premiered at Cannes. Jones stars with Hilary Swank, Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter, Hailee Steinfeld, James Spader and Meryl Streep. Saban Films, hatched by Haim Saban, and Roadside Attractions plan to release the film this fall on November 7. »

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'Power Rangers' Movie Footage to Debut at Comic-Con 2014?

16 June 2014 7:25 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Lionsgate announced last month that the studio is teaming up with Saban Entertainment for a new Power Rangers movie, based on the hit 1990s TV series Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. While no casting has been announced at this time, actor Jason David Frank, who played The Green Ranger on the original series, released the following photo on his Instagram and Twitter accounts, teasing a "special appearance} at San Diego Comic-Con 2014 with Lionsgate and Saban Entertainment.

Sdcc!!!!! http://t.co/ovMsZxW8ap

Jason David Frank (@jdfffn) June 15, 2014

It isn't known if this "special appearance" will be the first footage from the reboot, although since no cast members have been announced, it's possible that Lionsgate will reveal the cast at Sdcc. The project doesn't have a director attached at this time, but an unconfirmed report from last month revealed that Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis is working on the script.

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Besson Back in Toon Biz

13 June 2014 4:37 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Annecy — Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp is teaming with Gallic conglom Lagardere Active, a major French force in kids’ TV entertainment, to develop an animated 3D TV adventure series inspired by Besson’s “Arthur and the Invisibles” movie trilogy.

After EuropaCorp announced it was pulling out of feature animation – it released its last animation film movie, “Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart,” which will receive an open-air screening at Annecy Friday, on Feb. 5 – the “Arthur and the Invisibles” skein marks a return to animation, but in TV, where exposure to loss is far more limited.

Conceived as a 52 part, 15-minute seg series, “Arthur and the Invisibles” will target kids 5-8.

Series will take the set-up and main characters from the movies and indeed Besson’s children’s books, on which they were in turn based: the miniature Minimoys, a pacific tribe, are threatened by the dastardly warrior Maltazard; Arthur, whose lies over-ground with his grandmother, »

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Univision Owners Hold Preliminary Sales Talks With CBS, Time Warner

12 June 2014 6:32 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The owners of Univision Communications, Inc., which include billionaire Haim Saban, have been holding preliminary discussions about a possible sale of the company. They are seeking more than $20 billion for the company, and have reached out to several media companies, including CBS Corp. and Time Warner Inc., an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. Univision was purchased by the group in 2007 for $13.7 billion. Also read: Univision Star Blanca Soto Snatched Up by Telemundo in Multi-Project Deal (Exclusive) But that asking price may be too high, as these preliminary talks have reportedly not led anywhere, despite Univision being the top-rated. »

- Jason Hughes

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Report: Univision Holds Potential Sale Talks With CBS, Time Warner

12 June 2014 6:13 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Univision held preliminary talks with CBS and Time Warner over a potential sale, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.

The U.S.-based Spanish-language broadcaster is said to be seeking at least $20 billion for the sale. That’s far more than the $13.7 billion a group of investors led by Haim Saban paid for Univision in 2007.

A CBS Corp. rep declined comment.

Rumblings regarding the potential pact come months after Univision CEO emerged as one of the few critics of another mega-deal: Comcast’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable. The combination of CBS or Time Warner with Univision could very well be a strategic response to the media business’ consolidation trend, which also includes the prospect of a At&T-DirecTV deal.

If Univision is indeed on the block, its clout in the booming U.S. Hispanic market would certainly make it a hot property. In addition to a »

- Variety Staff

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