While promoting the DVD release of Project Almanac, director Dean Israelite talked about the upcoming Power Rangers movie that he'll be directing for Lionsgate.
He says he was drawn to the project because of an impressive script that was written by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz. "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," Israelite told IGN. "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."
When the movie was first announced by Saban they mentioned that it wouldn't be a complete reboot, ditching the TV continuity. Nobody knows what that exactly means and Israelite isn't giving up any secrets. He chose to "plead the fifth on that" line of questioning.
He goes on to say that they are just at the beginning stage of casting, but hope to begin filming sometime soon.
Power Rangers is scheduled for release on January 13, 2017.