Posted on Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 by Angie Han
The Power Rangers are mightily morphin’ into something a bit more modern. Shooting has just commenced on Lionsgate’s new feature film based on the 1990s franchise, and today we have the first look at the new team — along with loads of new details about the casting, the costumes, and the badass villain, Rita Repulsa (played by Elizabeth Banks). See it all below. Read More »
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How are Power Rangers fans feeling about the upcoming reboot? I’m not a fan of the show and don’t know anyone who is, including Jacob Hall, but do they like the direction this film is going in? It was certainly hard to knock casting Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect 2) as the villain, considering she’s Elizabeth Banks, but is this a property fans actually want to see return to the big screen?
Well, whether they do or not, this movie is happening. The Power Rangers movie starts production today, and a press release was sent out highlighting the cast and crew, including screenwriter Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra).
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Lionsgate is starting to round up the cast for their forthcoming big screen version of Power Rangers, based on the kids’ television show that has seen nearly 20 different iterations, and they’re looking to give a big break to some mostly unknown names for the five lead roles.
This weekend the studio is testing some up and coming talent to play the teenagers turned superheroes, and with the exception of The Way Way Back and Soul Surfer star AnnaSophia Robb, you may not be very familiar with most of these Power Rangers casting options. Read More »
Whether you like it or not, there’s a new Power Rangers movie coming from Lionsgate, with the studio hoping to ignite a successful new franchise as The Hunger Games comes to an end this fall. We’d heard that the new movie would somehow keep the mythology of the original Power Rangers series intact, and now we have details on just how that will happen.
The beginning of the movie has been uncovered, with details including a reveal of the original Power Rangers, how we meet the new team, and what our new heroes have to do in order to save the planet. But if you choose to keep reading, beware of spoilers for the plot of the movie. Find out more about the new Power Rangers movie plot after the jump! Read More »
Back in April we learned that Project Almanac director Dean Israelite was being brought on board Lionsgate’s big screen reboot of Power Rangers, based on the long-running action adventure series that has seen countless iterations over the years. Then more recently, the film was pushed back from a 2016 release to an eyebrow-raising January 2017 debut. But Lionsgate assured us it wasn’t anything to worry about.
Now Israelite has spoken a little bit about what to expect in an interview where he refers to the script for a Power Rangers movie as “mature but playful.” Hear more about the Power Rangers script after the jump! Read More »
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When Saban and Lionsgate announced development of a Power Rangers movie it was a notable bit of development, as the property has plenty of active fans. But that was before Joseph Kahn’s short film Power/Rangers went online. That short blew the ’90s TV property (which has enjoyed continuous production through to the present) into the stratosphere.
But we know that Kahn isn’t in the running to make the Lionsgate feature, and isn’t interested in the gig regardless. But there’s a director almost set. Dean Israelite, whose film Project Almanac was released early this year after a couple delays, is in talks to be the Power Rangers director. Read More »
In Project Almanac, the “Primer meets Chronicle” found-footage teen time travel movie, the kids traveling back in time make some mistakes. Their real life counterparts have now made some mistakes too. In the film, there’s a plane crash caused by the time travel plot (that crash is in the trailer) and it seems director Dean Israelite may have used actual plane crash footage in the movie. Footage from a 1994 B-52 crash at Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington. The families of two of the victims, Col. Robert Wolff and Lt. Col. Mark McGeehan, noticed the footage, were obviously upset by it and complained. Now producer Michael Bay and his team have apologized and will cut the scene before the film’s January 30th release. Read more about the Project Almanac cut scene below. Read More »
We’ve all seen time travel, but we’ve never seen time travel the Michael Bay way. Bay is one of the producers of Project Almanac, a found-footage time travel movie described as Primer meets Chronicle. In the film, time travel is raw, gritty and painful. Bay’s time travel is pretty unique, and will be handled by the film’s director Dean Israelite.
“I’m South African, so I fly to South Africa all of the time and I’m totally f****d up after a twenty-four hour flight,” said the first time director. “And I haven’t time travelled. So If I’m f****d up just going on a plane, what are these characters going to feel like when they go back in time?”
He went on to describe how, in Project Almanac, time travel involves weightlessness, electromagnetic fields, and all sorts of environmental craziness. In short, this isn’t time travel you’re used to seeing in other films that may or many not have been set in this year.
But, to be frank, we didn’t see it either. Much of that time travel visualization will be done in post. When we visited the Atlanta, GA set of Project Almanac on July 1, 2013, Israelite was shooting the most important time-travel excursion of the film. In it, a tight-knit group of friends go to the bathroom during school and travel back in time to go Lollapalooza. Girls in bikinis and guys in chain mail, peacock feathers, leis, neon tank tops, beer hats, body paint, rainbow wigs and all the madness you’d expect at a music festival were on set. It was a crazy scene, one that plays a pivotal role in the January 31 film, and a great example of how Project Almanac is doing time travel in a very modern, 2015-ready way.
Below, read more of our Project Almanac set visit.
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We’ve been talking about Dean Israelite‘s Project Almanac for what seems like forever. Jumping back in time, the idea first got picked up by Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes in 2012. Cameras then started rolling Summer 2013 aimed at a February 2014 release date. In that time, the title changed to Welcome to Yesterday. However the distributor, Paramount, decided to hold the film back once that date got close. It was retitled Project Almanac and it had a pretty successful, buzzy screening at Comic-Con.
Which brings us to the present. A second first trailer for Project Almanac has been released with the film set to hit theaters January 30. In it you’ll see what a group of teenagers might do if they found out how to time travel in their garage. Watch the Project Almanac Trailer below. Read More »