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Last month, we reported that production will begin on Lionsgate's Power Rangers reboot in January 2016, giving the movie a full year of principal photography and post-production before arriving in theaters January 17, 2017. The studio hasn't released any official plot details yet, but there have been a number of rumors swirling, one of which claimed that the main villain of this reboot will be Rita Repulsa, a character from the original Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers TV series. Today we have a new report from Collider, which claims that Rita Replusa won't be the main villain after all, and that the project itself is not a reboot.
Back in June, a rumor surfaced that Power Rangers will open 65 million years ago, with that era's Rangers taking on the villainous Rita Repulsa, before the Red Ranger, Zordon, sends her through a black hole. The story then picks up in present day, as we »
Following the recent birthday of original Pink Ranger Amy-Jo Johnson, Lionsgae and Saban Entertainment took to Instagram to announced that Naomi Scott (The Martian) has been cast as Kimberly Ann Hart aka The Pink Ranger for their Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers reboot.
Check out the post below:
It’s official! #NaomiScott will play the #PinkRanger in the @PowerRangersMovie! Coming in 2017…
A photo posted by Power Rangers (@powerrangersmovie) on Oct 7, 2015 at 1:04pm Pdt
Scott beat out newcomer Stephanie Scott for the role.
According to a report posted last week, this new Kimberly will be an updated version of the Valley Girl persona we saw in the original series in the ’90s:
Kimberly – 17 years old, unconventionally cool all in a way the popular girls wish they were. In fact, she was one of those girls, but isn’t anymore. Not since she’s returned to school after an absence of 6 months. »
- Luke Owen
While there has been more attention recently on Joseph Kahn and Adi Shankar’s Bootleg Universe version of the characters, the official, Haim Saban-sponsored new Power Rangers film is now well underway. Project Almanac’s Dean Israelite is directing, and the first cast member has now arrived. Martian actress Naomi Scott will play the Pink Power Ranger.By which we mean she's in Ridley Scott's The Martian, obviously - not that she's an actress from Mars. She plays Ryoko in that movie, and was previously Maddy Shannon in Terra Nova.Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz have written the new Power Rangers screenplay, with Star Trek / Transformers writer Roberto Orci present to help guide the story’s structure.What that story will be is still unclear, but it'll likely function as a fresh variant of the usual Rangers trope: a group of ordinary – at least by the standards of the show – teenagers, »
Over the weekend, it was reported that Lionsgate had started testing actors for it's upcoming Power Rangers movie reboot. Today, the studio launched the official Power Rangers Instagram page, and have used it to announce their first cast member. Meet Naomi Scott as Kimberly. She is The Pink Ranger!
Dean Israelite, who directed this year's found footage time travel adventure Project Almanac, will helm this project. The script is already completed, and the production team is continuing to cast the rest of the new teenage Power Rangers this week. Still testing for the Black Ranger, whose real name is Zack, are three lesser known actors. To avoid any misguided claims of stereotyping or invert racist, the Black Ranger will not be African-American in this iteration, as he was in the original series. Daniel Zovatto is first up for the role. He is probably best known for his appearance in the breakout horror hit It Follows. »
The film revealed the casting on its official Twitter and Instagram accounts.
Big #PowerRangers movie news – @naomiscott is playing the Pink Ranger! Follow @PowerRangersMovie on Instagram! pic.twitter.com/UpO3cXO2pr
— Power Rangers (@PowerRangers) October 7, 2015
Dean Israelite is directing the Lionsgate movie. The studio is currently testing young talent, looking at up-and-coming actors and actresses to make up the team. Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz are writing the script, while Haim Saban, Brian Casentini and Allison Shearmur are producing.
The story reimagines the origins of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, a group of high school kids given extraterrestrial powers who unite to save the world.
The 1993 Fox Kids TV series became a pop culture phenomenon and inspired a big-screen adaptation, “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie,” in 1995.
- Dave McNary
Hot on the heels of her supporting turn in “The Martian,” Naomi Scott has been cast in Lionsgate and Saban Brands’ “Power Rangers” as the pink Power Ranger, it was announced Wednesday on Instagram. “Project Almanac” filmmaker Dean Israelite will direct the “Power Rangers” movie from a script by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, whose credits include Marvel’s “Thor” and “X-Men: First Class.” The official “Power Rangers” Instagram account wrote: “It’s official! #NaomiScott will play the #PinkRanger in the @PowerRangerMovie! Coming in 2017…” Also Read: Lionsgate Execs Reveal Why 'Power Rangers' Was Banished to January; Future of »
- Jeff Sneider
According to Variety, Lionsgate is in the middle of casting the lead roles in its upcoming "Power Rangers" film reboot, which is written by Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor). Testing for the role of Jason (The Red Ranger) are Kj Apa ("Shortland Street"), Austin Butler ("Arrow," "The Carrie Diaries") and Mitchell Hope ("Descendants"). Testing for the role of Zack (The Black Ranger) are Daniel Zovatto (It Follows), Ross Butler ("Chasing Life") and Brian Marc ("Major Crimes"). And testing for the role of Kimberly (The Pink Ranger) are Naomi Scott (The Martian) and Stephanie Scott (Insidious: Chapter 3). The plan is to cast newcomers in the lead role as surround them with big name stars. The reboot is described as a modern reinvention of the long-running franchise. In it, a group of ordinary high school kids find themselves infused with extraterrestrial powers and must harness those powers »
With the Power Rangers movie reboot set for release in 2017, Variety is reporting that Lionsgate has started testing actors for the team of Mighty Morphin’ heroes.
According to the site, Daniel Zovatto (It Follows), Ross Butler (Chasing Life) and Brian ‘Sene’ Marc (Major Crimes) are testing for the role of Zack (Black Ranger), with Kj Apa (Shortland Street), Austin Butler (The Shannara Chronicles) and Mitchell Hope (The Descendants) up for Jason (Red Ranger) and Naomi Scott (The Martian) and newcomer Stephanie Scott trying out for Kimberley (Pink Ranger).
The report goes on to state that the plan is to fill out the team with fresh faces, with a view to casting a big name as the antagonist.
- Gary Collinson
The Power Rangers movie doesn't hit theaters until 2017, so we have a full year of speculation and rumors to wade through before we even get a first look at footage. Today, mostly respectable trade publication Variety reports that Lionsgate is already testing actors for the movie. No surprise, they are mostly unknowns.
Dean Israelite, best known for his found footage time travel adventure Project Almanac, is directing. The script has been turned into executives at Lionsgate. And so, the production team has set out to find their new teenage Power Rangers, with the movie getting a http://movieweb.com/power-rangers-movie-story-new-team/high school backdrop. Testing for the Black Ranger, whose real name is Zack, are three actors you may have never heard of. And with this reboot, to avoid any misguided claims of stereotyping or invert racist, the Black Ranger will not be African-American. Daniel Zovatto is first up for the role. »
Amongst the actors test are Daniel Zovatto ("It Follows"), Ross Butler ("Chasing Life") and Brian "Sene" Marc for Zack (The Black Ranger); Kj Apa ("Shortland Street"), Austin Butler ("The Shannara Chronicles") and Mitchell Hope ("The Descendants") for Jason (The Red Ranger); and Naomi Scott ("The Martian") and newcomer Stephanie Scott for Kimberley (The Pink Ranger).
The story re-imagines the origins of the "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" a group of high school kids who find themselves infused with alien powers and unite to save the world.
The studio is said to be looking for fresh faces for the team, but will likely seek a major name to play the villain - no offers are out regarding that part at this point.
- Garth Franklin
Lionsgate has finally begun casting the lead roles for their big-screen take on the Power Rangers, the ’90s children’s TV series that has since expanded into pretty much every form of media there is, and has remained very popular to this day.
Variety has provided the names of the young actors in the running to play the Black, Pink, and Red Rangers, adding that unknowns are being looked at for the roles of Billy (Blue Ranger) and Trini (Yellow Ranger), while the studio is apparently looking for “a big name” to play the role of the antagonist.
It Follows star Daniel Zovatto, Chasing Life‘s Ross Butler and rapper/singer Brian ‘Sene’ Marc are up for the role of Zack (the Black Ranger), while Shortland Street‘s K.J. Apa, Descendants actor Mitchell Hope, and The Shannara Chronicles’ Austin Butler will compete to wear the helmet of the Red Ranger (Jason). Also, »
- Mark Cassidy
Sources tell Variety the studio is about to begin testing young talent, looking at up-and-coming actors and actresses to make up the team. Sources say Daniel Zovatto (“It Follows”), Ross Butler (“Chasing Life”) and Brian “Sene” Marc are among those testing for Zack (aka the Black Ranger), while Kj Apa (“Shortland Street”), Austin Butler (“The Shannara Chronicles”) and Mitchell Hope (“The Descendants”) are testing for Jason (aka the Red Ranger).
Sources also say Naomi Scott (“The Martian”) and newcomer Stephanie Scott are up for the role of Kimberley (aka the Pink Ranger). Insiders say the studio is looking for fresh faces to fill out the team and will probably look for a big name to play the antagonist for the films, though no »
- Justin Kroll
At one point in time, Terminator Genisys was shaping up to be one of the most highly-anticipated movies of 2015, but it never took off the way Paramount had hoped when it debuted in theaters this summer. The sci-fi action sequel opened over the 4th of July weekend in third place, behind holdovers Inside Out and Jurassic World. The film earned only $89.7 million at the domestic box office. But back in August, Terminator Genisys opened big in China, keeping hopes for a sequel alive. Earlier today, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that, despite a solid showing in international territories, the previously-planned sequels are now on indefinite hold.
Despite earning just $89.7 million domestically, Terminator Genisys has performed well overseas, taking in $350.4 million internationally for a global box office total of $440.1 million. However, the movie, budgeted at $150 million, will still lose money for Paramount. The sequel did manage to pull in $112 million in China alone, »
Back in April, Lionsgate pushed back the release date for its highly-anticipated Power Rangers reboot from July 22, 2016 to January 17, 2017. No cast members have been set at this time, but now we do have word on when director Dean Israelite's movie will start filming. The Director's Guild of Canada (via Yvr Shoots) has released their list of films set to start production this January in the country, with Power Rangers mentioned among these titles.
It's worth noting that the project is listed as Shirt, but with Dean Israelite mentioned as the director, it's likely that Shirt is the code name for the production. The listing notes that production will run from January 18 to April 1. That should give the project ample time for the post-production process. It isn't known at this time if casting is already under way, but we have already heard a number of rumored story details.
The plot reportedly begins 65 million years ago, »
Having been pushed back to a 2017 release date, it looks like Lionsgate and Saban Brands have locked in its production schedule for the Power Rangers reboot, with Comic Book reporting that the shoot will commence on January 18th 2016 and run through to April 12th.
See Also: Character details for the Power Rangers reboot
Power Rangers is set for release on January 13th 2017, with Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) directing from a script by Burk Sharpless & Matt Sazama (The Last Witch Hunter) and Ashley Miller & Zack Stentz (Thor).
- Gary Collinson
Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Without further ado, here's what's coming up...
One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »
We haven't heard much about Lionsgate's Power Rangers reboot since a June report revealed the names of the five main characters, Jason, Kimberly, Trini, Billy and Zack. Fans of the original Power Rangers TV series will recognize that these are the names of the original main characters. Today we have a new report from Collider that offers new details about each character, who have much more in-depth backstories than were given in the original show. According to this report, all of these characters are 17 years old, with the original report from June listing them as 16.
Jason was a former high school sports legend, "a freshman quarterback with the skills to take him all the way," before he got in a car accident and blew out his knee. The report states that Jason is "a kid in need of redemption" when the movie begins, and that he "lost himself" after the accident. »
Thanks to Collider, we’ve got some character descriptions for Lionsgate’s upcoming big screen reboot of Power Rangers, and they’ll be very familiar to long time fans of the Mighty Morphin’ franchise!
Jason – 17 years old, the makings of someone or something great if he would just get out of his own way. Jason was a legend of this town—a freshman quarterback with the skills to take him all the way. People knew his name. Children wore his jersey. Until, one night Jason wrapped his car around a pole and busted out his knee. Everything Jason was going to become ended in an instant. And with it, he lost himself. When we meet him at the start of the film, he’s a kid in need of redemption. By the end, he’ll be leading this disparate group of teens to shed their individual baggage and find who they truly are. »
- Gary Collinson
While it may not be as popular as it once was, Power Rangers is a franchise which is still going strong, and it might just return to its glory days thanks to an upcoming big screen reboot which is going to reintroduce these characters to a whole new generation of potential fans. Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) is directing from a script by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (The Last Witch Hunter) which was later rewritten by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (Thor). Interesting mix, eh? Now, Collider has the scoop on the names of each of the movie's main characters as well as detailed descriptions for each. The names should be familiar to longtime Power Rangers fans, and it's clear that this version of the team will be more fleshed out than previous iterations as they all have quite detailed back stories. Check them out below and let us know »
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