POWER RANGERS Movie Script is “Mature but Still Playful”
Israelite described an early draft of the script (written by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz) as “mature but still playful” and said the original 1993 series was being updated in a very interesting way. Read his full answer below:
“I read the script and was really surprised by it and thought there was a really cool, contemporary, mature but still playful, buoyant and fun take on the material, and was updated in a really interesting way. It had this wonderful character that’s essential to going on a fantastic adventure. I was instantly drawn to it. I remember it as a kid. I grew up with it in South Africa. When I opened the script I had no idea how it was going to be updated, and I was really impressed by it. So I put a really big presentation together, because I needed to win the job. There were a lot of guys going out for it and saw the potential in it, so I put a really big presentation together and was lucky enough to get the job. We’re in sort of a soft pre-production right now, doing a lot of design work and reimagining the world. It’s really cool and exciting.”
A “dark” tone definitely won’t work for this material. Whether or not the upcoming Power Rangers movie ties into the series remains to be seen, but somehow it will keep the mythology of the previous iterations. I’m genuinely excited to see how this plays out as long as the yellow ranger is male like he was in the Japanese version. Whatever they do, it has to be better than the previously released two feature films: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie in 1995 and Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie in 1997.
The reboot was recently delayed until January 13, 2017, but Israelite hopes to begin filming sometime soon.