It’s been awhile since we’ve heard about the Power Rangers reboot. We know the release date is July 22nd, 2016, and the script is coming from X-Men: First Class co-writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz from a story co-created with producer Roberto Orci (who is no longer producing, as he left to direct Star Trek 3 then bailed on that, too).
Now additional Power Rangers reboot details have been revealed by Jason David Frank — who played Tommy Oliver in the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as well as other series since — in an interview with Comicbook.
To summarize, Frank says it’s being filmed this year and he’s going to be in it because (in his words), “they feel there’s no movie, at least, without me.” Sure.
Here’s the relevant quote:
The movie is definitely set for this year. Everything is in place. They won’t give me specific details because it’s all like hush-hush. Even me, I try. I email Saban and ask them kind of what you’re asking me, but they do feel that I’m going to be part of it, because they feel there’s no movie, at least, without me. The funny thing is, one way or another, whether it happens or it doesn’t, I’ve been great to Lionsgate and I’ve been loyal to Saban. It’s not like they owe me, but if I want to ask for a personal favor, I’ve invested into their emotional bank account. I feel like it’s fair to have that withdrawal with them, because I’ve done nothing but support them for the last 10 years, 20 years in fact.
So when that happens, I don’t need to cash in any favors. I believe it’s going to happen anyway, but when it does, I’ll keep my fans involved, but I will tell you it is being filmed this year.
I know that for a fact. It’s going to be great when it is.
We’re taking it with a grain of salt until Lionsgate actually hires a director and starts production, but there is room for Tommy Oliver in a mentor role in the rumored plot of the movie, which involves a new group of high school aged Rangers but has been described by Orci as having “a continuity within the world”.
Ah, yes, but how will it stack up with The Best Movie™ ever?