Power Rangers Director Talks Mature Tone

Though the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” franchise has always been aimed at the super young set, Lionsgate’s upcoming reboot which Dean Israelite (“Project Almanac”) is directing seems to be trying to garner more wide appeal.

Israelite recently spoke with IGN and shared a update on how the project is progressing. Currently in very early pre-production, the director touched upon landing the gig:

“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.”

While Israelite would not talk about how the film ties back into the original franchise’s continuity, he did speak about the film’s tone:

“It needs to be completely playful, and it needs to be really fun and funny. But like Project Almanac, I hope it’s going to feel very grounded at the same time, and very contemporary and have a real edge to it, and a real gut to it. So I think it’s going to be a fun, joyful [movie] but one that feels completely grounded in a real world, with real characters going through real things.”

The film isn’t scheduled for release until January 13th 2017 after having been delayed for several months recently.