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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Adds Roberto Orci And X-Men: First Class Writers

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If, like me, you’re already dreading the impending onslaught of all things Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and are waiting for that one silver lining to appear that could make Lionsgate’s upcoming feature a non-disaster. That silver lining may have arrived in the form of a new creative team, but I don’t think a lot of people are going to be happy about it. Roberto Orci, of Star Trek and Transformers fame, has been brought in as an executive producer who will oversee the story development with X-Men: First Class screenwriters Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz.

Let’s start with the brighter side here. Though X-Men: First Class is arguably the most popular and most enjoyable of their works together, screenwriters Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz were also writers and producers on Fringe and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. On the feature side, they were also part of the Thor writer squad, and were tapped at one point to write the script for Top Gun 2. All of these examples, especially that last one, convey that these writers have a pretty solid grasp on how to tell stories outside of reality’s grip, so writing about the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is seemingly right up their alley. (I can’t tell if that’s an insult or not.)

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Chronicle Screenwriter May Have Already Written The Power Rangers Reboot

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chronicleIf you’re trying to make a movie about teens who discover they have powers all of a sudden, there’s no steadfast rule that you should hire a screenwriter with experience in the matter. But it also couldn’t hurt, and the upcoming feature reboot of Haim Saban’s Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers is going to need all the non-hurt it can get. But what if that screenwriter happens to be Max Landis, who penned the surprise 2012 hit found-footage thriller Chronicle?

That’s the unconfirmed rumor being tossed around by the entertainment site SchmoesKnow, whose source not only says that Landis is behind the script, but that he’s already written the first draft and turned it into producers Saban, Jim Miller, and Alison Shearmur. That would be pretty extraordinary, considering the film was only officially revealed last week. Sure, it would technically be wasting one’s time to take longer than two weeks on a Power Rangers script, but it’s absolutely possible that the producers got with Landis on the down low ahead of time, and forced him at gunpoint to pen this thing.

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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Movie Is A Go-Go With Lionsgate

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power rangersSo you say that not enough costume-filled, martial arts-inspired children’s TV shows are getting remade into movies? Well, nobody asked you! But this news is bound to please someone, somewhere, somehow. Lionsgate has announced a future team-up with Haim Saban’s Saban Brands to build a film franchise out of the hugely popular 1990s series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. This is the part of the story where I throw the microphone stand down and walk off the stage in a blaze of glory.

Unlike Paramount’s approach to rebuilding a brand out of that other beloved children’s franchise, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Legendary doesn’t have any droll concepts for how to make the Rangers more modern; they’re sticking to the basics, at least for now. According to Deadline, this reboot will focus on an all-new group of high school teens whose lives are thrown into chaos once they have to team up and save the world…from themselves. Just kidding.

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Star Trek Gets A Blooper Trailer And A Power Rangers Makeover

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Exploring the final frontier is stressful, man. If you’re not battling bald, pissed-off Romulans then you’re fighting a whitewashed version of your greatest foe or battling lizard people in a horrible video game. It’s no wonder James Kirk beds everything in sight; that guy needs to unwind. After all, too much stress might — to borrow a phrase from Babylon 5 — make you go “space happy.” Well, I’m no medical doctor, and Bones isn’t returning any of my calls, but if I had to guess what “space happy” looks like, I think the video above might be a pretty accurate representation.

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The Green Power Ranger Is Ready To Make A Green Power Ranger Movie (About The Green Power Ranger)

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GreenRangerHow many times a day do you find yourself completely at ease, not worried about the trials and tribulations of the daily grind, when suddenly you seize up in a panic, wondering what all the actors from the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers are currently involved with? This affliction affects roughly one person per year, give or take. Luckily, Complex heeded the call and is here to let you know that Jason David Frank is all about getting a Green Ranger movie off the ground, where it is lying beneath a mound of terrible-but-not-that-terrible ideas for films. We freely admit that this is actually an anti-news story.

“I’m talking to [billionaire co-creator Haim] Saban about making a PG-13 Green Ranger movie,” Frank said. “It’s just a matter of Saban stepping behind it. I was an X-Men fan growing up. I loved Wolverine. I feel like the Green Ranger can step outside the box and be like the Wolverine of Power Rangers. That’s why I think he can handle his own movie.” I assume there wasn’t a response at this point because the interviewer was keeled over, breathlessly choking on laughter. I guess nobody told him X-Men Origins: Wolverine was a terrible movie, or that arguably more people would rather take a suppository than watch a Green Ranger movie.

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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Fan Trailer Is…Gritty?

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Luckily for me, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers came out in 1993, when I was 11 years old and far too fucking old to care about these different-colored jackasses jumping around and fighting shit. Now, if they’re mutant turtles, mutant students of a wheelchair-bound professor, or even the kids that Ghostwriter followed around, I’m game. But Power Rangers? Pshaw.

That said, I would totally watch whatever movie may eventually become of the above fan-made trailer, directed by cinematographer Dominick Sivilli and written by Alex Gavin. Even though nobody involved with this project owns the rights to MMPR proper, there is still a goal of getting a feature made out of this proof of badass concept. It’s been in development for a while, and has had different versions hit the net, but this is by far the best, and the quality title screen isn’t the only reason.