Dean Israelite In Talks To Direct POWER RANGERS Film For Lionsgate/Saban

No darkness and grittiness here. Lionsgate is going its own route with a likely PG-13 big screen franchise as intended for the upcoming theatrical reboot of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The film was initially announced late last year with Haim Saban attached to produce the new film along with Brian Casentini, Allison Shearmur and Roberto Orci, based on the early-90’s American Tokusatsu re-working of the longstanding Super Sentai program, Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger, which centered on a handful of teens gifted with superpowered morphers to fight intergalactic evil.

As of this week, The Wrap reports that the production appears to finally be cicling a director in the form of Project Almanac helmer Dean Israelite, so time will tell if that gets made official. If and when that is so, he will be directing from a script by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz. In the meantime, there’s no cast publicly in place just yet, but there’s also the prospect of veteran series actor and co-star Jason David Frank, best known for wearing several colors among the title heroes throughout the two decades of the show’s existence in the U.S., who’s been notably hustling as best as he can to have a role in the film in some capacity for a while now.

Things are moving slowly, so keep an eye out as things develop!