Three years later, Lionsgate’s efforts toward rebooting Ameritoku franchise IP, Power Rangers, remains with just Dave Green’s 2017 adaptation. The film did well at the box office, though the earnings weren’t enough to motivate a sequel going forward.
Nonetheless, efforts to keep Power Rangers alive for the big screen haven’t waned in the least, with Hasbro taking the mantle with rights from Saban Films in 2018. Now, hopes remain steadfast as of Tuesday with word that Hasbro’s Entertainment One (eOne) will begin working toward feature film and television projects, with Jonathan Entwistle (I Am Not Okay With This co-creator, Netflix’s The End Of The F***ing World creator) directing on all ends.
“Jonathan has an incredible creative vision for this iconic and hugely successful franchise, and is hands down the right architect to join us as we reimagine the television and film worlds of this property,” said Nick Meyer, President, Film, eOne and Michael Lombardo, President, Global Television, eOne. “Across our slate, we are looking forward to working with the most talented storytellers as we take on Hasbro’s rich fan-favourite brands and build entertainment universes around them.”
“This is an unbelievable opportunity to deliver new Power Rangers to both new and existing generations of awaiting and adoring fans. We’ll bring the spirit of analog into the future, harnessing the action and storytelling that made this brand a success. I’m looking forward to working with the teams at eOne and Hasbro. Together, we can’t wait to share more Power Rangers with the world very soon,” said Entwistle.
Entwistle is a graduate of the prestigious Chelsea School of Art in London and is represented by CAA, 42, Grandview and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein.
Power Rangers is an American entertainment and merchandising franchise built around a live-action superhero television series, based on the Japanese tokusatsu franchise Super Sentai. The first Power Rangers entry, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, debuted in 1993. In addition to the new non-kid projects under Entwistle, Power Rangers-inspired kid series Dino Fury is currently in season two.
Hasbro’s film properties also include Dungeons And Dragons, Transformers and G.I. Joe film franchises.