In a quest to give themselves a variety of options for the new Power Rangers movie, producers encouraged a multitude of directors to pitch their ideas on how they would interpret the script.
After all, when introducing such an iconic and popular franchise to a new generation, the need to add that creative zest to keep things fresh is crucial.
With a script firmly in place, written by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (who also wrote X-Men: First Class and Thor), it was up to the unknown directors to provide ideas and the all important visual designs for how they'd interpret the story.
Dean Israelite obviously did enough to impress — he is now firmly cemented to the director's chair. However, what about those who weren't so lucky? Below are designs by two concept artists who didn't make the grade.
"Many Things Fail"
Alex Ruiz shared his creations on Deviant Art along with some inspiration for aspiring artists. He said:
"If you want to be a concept artist, you have to accept that most of what you work on might never be seen and/or made. Many things fail, or get shelved, of indefinitely postponed, usually early on but sometimes even in production.
So never stop doing your personal work, because sometimes, THAT is the work that will get you hired on a project like this."
How incredible are these?! The Megazord looks completely badass, and would've looked great on the big screen. Ruiz shared that the director wanted a break from tradition by using transparent visors, which can be seen in the second image.
"Fun Making Power Rangers Cool"
Last month, designer Gregory Semkow shared some of his creations on Facebook in a different look:
Semkow's version of Rita Ruplsa is sublime, and it's hard to see why it wasn't chosen. Talking of the design, he said:
"I imagined her body armor as constantly flowing and changing shape around her body, kind of like Rorschachs mask in Watchmen... anyway, kinda fun trying to make power rangers cool, lol."
He also shared designs of the control room, and Zordon:
Considering these designs didn't get chosen, it provides a good insight into the incredible amounts of talent that go into just creating a design in pre-production. As Ruiz said, many designs will never be seen if they aren't chosen, depending on the agreement, which seems a real shame for fans of the movies involved.
The new Power Rangers movie has a release date of March 24, 2017, and will be the second feature following 1995's Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie.
Source: Comic Book