In May of last year Saban Brands and Lionsgate Pictures officially announced a new “Power Rangers” feature film was in the works. Then later in the year confirmation that Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz were hired to write the screenplay hyped up the still strong fan base even further. Stentz and Miller’s writing credits are already rather impressive including “X:Men: First Class,” “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” and “Fringe.” Roberto Orci, who co-wrote J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” films and Michael Bay’s “Transformers” films, was also brought in to be the film’s executive producer but he left the project because he was too busy getting ready to helm “Star Trek 3.” However Justin Lin’s takeover of directorial duties on the film has certainly freed up Mr. Orci’s schedule. There is no talk regarding whether or not he plans to re-attach himself to the “Power Rangers” reboot.
Actor/professional martial artist Jason David Frank, who played perhaps the most famous Power Ranger of them all, Tommy, and still has strong ties to Saban Brands, has said in the past that he will more than likely have a cameo in the new film. In a recent interview with comicbook.com Frank reiterates his interest in making a cameo and confidently says filming for the reboot will take place later this year.
David Frank is quoted saying, “The movie (Power Rangers) is definitely set for this year. Everything is in place. They won’t give me specific details because it’s all like hush-hush. I emailed Saban and ask them kind of what you’re asking me, but they do feel that I’m going to be part of it because they feel there’s no movie without me. The funny thing is whether it happens or it doesn’t, I’ve been great to Lionsgate and I’ve been loyal to Saban. It’s not like they owe me but if I want to ask for a personal favor I’ve invested into their emotional bank account. I feel like it’s fair to have that withdrawal with them because I’ve done nothing but support them for the last 10 years to 20 years in fact. So when that happens I don’t need to cash in any favors. I believe it’s going to happen anyway but when it does I’ll keep my fans involved. But I will tell you it is being filmed this year. I know that for a fact. It’s going to be great when it is.”
News is still slow going for the film as it is still in the infancy of pre-production but it seems that “Power Rangers” fans are going to be in for an interesting future with the wheels in motion and the car seeming to speed towards the new film’s release.