It looks like Paramount Pictures as expected will be indeed rebooting the Power Rangers, yet again, with a brand new feature film according to TheHollywoodReporter.
The outlet has revealed that the studio won’t be making a sequel to the Lionsgate film, which didn’t exactly set the world on fire as the film bombed hard.
After Hasbro bought the rights to Power Rangers whatever contracts at Lionsgate with the recent cast was thrown out the window and when the project landed at Paramount Pictures the studio had really zero obligation to honoring a contract from another studio.
Even cast members had recently suggested publicly that after the acquisition by Hasbro they weren’t likely returning to the roles in a sequel. This now just cements that their run as Power Rangers is over.
Jonathan Entwistle (creator of Netflix series The End of The Fucking World) is attached to direct from a script penned by Patrick Burleigh.
The new movie is said to have a time travel element to it and see the kids brought back to the 1990s and will have to get themselves back to the present.
Now in Paramount’s court, Rangers is getting rebooted once more, in a way that hopes to bring the franchise to its roots. The story is said to involve a time-travel element that brings the kids to the 1990s, and in Back to the Future fashion, they have to find a way to get back to their present. Patrick Burleigh, who wrote the upcoming Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, is penning the script.
It is certainly interesting to see that they might be trying to rekindle some of that 90s nostalgia from the original Fox Kids series.
The fictional series follows events in the lives of five, later six, teenagers with superpowers, who were chosen by the wise sage Zordon to become Power Rangers in order to stop the evil Rita Repulsa from taking over the planet Earth.
I’ll keep my fingers crossed they’ll actually bring back Tommy aka The Green Ranger, who was at the time the most popular character on that original television series.
I’m slightly curious if Paramount/Hasbro will ultimately try to connect the cinematic universes of Transformers (soft-reboot with Bumblebee), G.I. Joe (reboot coming with Snake Eyes and G.I. Joe 3), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (reboot said to be on the horizon), and now Power Rangers into one single “toy universe”.
A combined cinematic universe could be fun, but we’ll have to wait and see if that is actually going to even happen. The studio is also developing movies based on M.A.S.K. and Dungeons & Dragons, the latter expected to shoot in England next year.
They don’t mention when Paramount plans to get cameras rolling, but with a director and screenwriter attached casting will likely be the next priority on the project.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER