– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Hollywood certainly does a great job of banking of our nostalgia. From comic book movies to reboots of beloved film franchises, they certainly know how to tap into our emotional core as human beings, like it or not. The next group to get catered to will be the many generations of POWER RANGERS fans, a long-running TV series that’s been on the small screen since the early 1990s.

Sure, there have been a few movies in the series’ long run, but none of them set the world on fire. The first film–which featured Ivan Ooze as the main villain–while a solid attempt to adapt something to the big screen, failed to succeed on many levels, and after that one, the movies only went downhill from there. With this Lionsgate production, the studio hopes to revitalize the brand for a modern audience.

The film is set for a March 24, 2017 release, and with that in mind, the studio doesn’t have a lot of time before they need to get the ball rolling on production. Well worry no more.

According to a press release, the film has already begun its production!

 “Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF), a premier next generation global content leader, announced that production on Saban’s Power Rangers will commence today in Vancouver. The film stars Elizabeth Banks as arch-villain Rita Repulsa, along with new Power Rangers Dacre Montgomery, RJ Cyler, Naomi Scott, Becky G, and Ludi Lin. The film is a production of Lionsgate and Saban Brands.

Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat.  Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover that they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so they will have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it is too late.

The film stars Dacre Montgomery (A FEW LESS MEN) as Jason the Red Ranger, RJ Cyler (ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL) as Billy the Blue Ranger, Naomi Scott (THE 33) as Kimberly the Pink Ranger, Becky G (EMPIRE) as Trini the Yellow Ranger, Ludi Lin (MONSTER HUNT) as Zack the Black Ranger, and Elizabeth Banks (PITCH PERFECT, THE HUNGER GAMES franchise) as Rita Repulsa.

Directed by Dean Israelite (PROJECT ALMANAC),Saban’s Power Rangers is written by John Gatins (KONG: SKULL ISLAND, REAL STEEL), Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (DRACULA UNTOLD), Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, THOR), and Max Landis (CHRONICLE). Producers are Power Rangers creator Haim Saban, Brian Casentini (POWER RANGERS TV series), Wyck Godfrey, and Marty Bowen (THE TWILIGHT SAGA, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, THE MAZE RUNNER franchise).

Allison Shearmur (THE HUNGER GAMES franchise; ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY)and Brent O’Connor (WARCRAFT) serve as executive producers. Brian Tyler (AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON; NOW YOU SEE ME)is the composer and Kelli Jones (STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, SONS OF ANARCHY)is the costume designer. Set decorator is Oscar-nominated Hamish Purdy (THE REVENANT) and stunt coordinator is Paul Jennings (GAME OF THRONES, SAN ANDREAS, THE DARK KNIGHT). Weta Workshop (THE LORD OF THE RINGS, AVATAR, DISTRICT 9) is in charge of suit design and visual effects. Andrew Menzies (FURY, X-MEN)is the production designer and Director of Photography is Matt Lloyd (DAREDEVIL, COP CAR).”

SOURCE: Lionsgate

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.