Last week, I had the opportunity to share a dialogue with Sison about the film among several others within the span of his career in the past two decades. Having cut his teeth as an actor and stuntman over the years, primarily as a suit actor on the AmeriToku crossover series, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and having recently worked with a number of familiar faces fans know and love, I would say there’s plenty of reason to bookmark him as someone worth looking out for in the months ahead.
mighty morphin power rangers
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!
Writers Zack Stentz (left) and Ashley Miller (right)
Following a press release back in May, the forthcoming production of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers finally found itself new additions to its creative team.
X-Men: First Class scribes Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller have officially been tasked to provide the screenplay for the new film which will also be executive produced by veteran scribe and former partner with Alex Kurtzman, writer Roberto Orci. The new film marks the first major feature-length effort since Saban Comapany launched the American Tokusatsu crossover hit series on TV almost 20 yearz ago, prior to two Hollywood films hit the big screen between 1995 and 1997.
The new film is part of a newly announced joint venture between Lionsgate and Saban Brands, which grants the film a reboot to attract audiences who have contributed to the major successes of the former, with films such as the Hunger Games and Divergent film franchises, both which are currently in production with releases pending. Official updates are still developing pertaining to who will star in the new Mighty Morphin Power Rangers reboot, so stay tuned for more information.
In the meantime, Stentz and Miller ate currently providing their services on other projects, including the screenplay for Top Gun 2 with producer Jerry Bruckheimer while Orci is still on deck to direct Star Trek 3 for a 2016 release upon greenlight.
SANTA MONICA, CA, May 7, 2014 – Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment company, and Saban Brands, a strategic brand management company that acquires and builds global consumer brands, are partnering to develop and produce an original live action feature film based on the iconic Power Rangers property, it was announced today by creator of Power Rangers Haim Saban and Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer. The announcement marks another step in Lionsgate’s continued commitment to build a broad portfolio of branded properties and franchises with global appeal.