Lionsgate's "Power Rangers" reboot may be a bit farther off than expected, its initial July 22nd 2016 release date has been scrapped in place of a January 13th 2017 release. Lionsgate have yet to give a reason for the delay
The film's synopsis goes as follows:
"From a story by Executive Producer Roberto Orci (Transformers, Star Trek, Amazing Spider-Man 2) and screenwriters Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor) comes a modern reinvention of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, a group of ordinary high school kids who find themselves infused with extraterrestrial powers and must harness those powers as a team to save the world."
Earlier this year reports went out that said "Project Almanac" director Dean Israelite was in talks to direct the film. I actually like this pick for director, "Project Almanac" wasn't a great film, in fact it was quite forgettable, but it looked terrible, it sounded boring, but it was genuinely entertaining and I had a decent time with it.
"Power Rangers" is a movie that I'm actually very intrigued to see, but this date move has shifted my opinion on the film slightly. January is a scrapyard for movies, all the weaker films that have no chance in the summer go there to at least get some Box Office, but why I've not completely given up on the film is because they haven't shot it yet so it's not a case of whether or not the film is complete trash. I think the move is there because a film called "Power Rangers" in 2016 might not make enough money when placed in the summer, I think moving quite a risky film like this to January is a good idea, because it then has a solid chance of making some money.
The first Power Rangers film; "Might Morphing Power Rangers" made $66 Million worldwide back in 1995, the next film "Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie" made $9 Million worldwide in 1997.....so its easy to see why the studio is nervous about releasing a Power Rangers in the middle of Summer.
I think the January date makes sense, it's a good move for the studio and Ii'm still interested in the movie, especially after the pretty awesome short film that was put online not too long ago, take a look:
If we're getting a more gritty sci-fi take on the Power Rangers like in the short film than I am still completely in, but I hope the studio is smart enough not to revert back to the old school Power Rangers....because we all know....it simply doesn't work.
What do you guys think? Still excited for "Power Rangers" or couldn't care less? Either way let me know in the comments below!