Sunday, 25 September 2016

Power Rangers director Dean Israelite discusses his "grounded" reboot

March 2017 will see a new bunch of acrobatically gifted youngsters popping on their multicoloured helmets and taking on a breed of rebooted baddies and beasts. 20 years after the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers had a generation glued to their TV screens, the group are now ready for the big screen.





The man in charge of getting them there is Project Almanac (2015) director Dean Israelite*.

"I grew up on it and I have all the same questions other people have," Israelite explained to Empire magazine. "How are we going to update this? How will it exist in the contemporary superhero cinema canon?" The director goes on to explain how he has "tried to add naturalism and a grounded nature," with an emphasis on everything being very much "character-driven". Of course, with great superpowers comes great supersuits and the director isn't cutting any corners with his new design: "We've made the suits practically with Weta Workshop, with new cutting-edge tech."

After Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), it is easy to be guarded about another well loved 1990s show attempting box office gold. But the addition of Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games) and Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) gives the impression that, although having a 'grounded nature', the new Power Rangers won't be taking itself too seriously. "Like everybody, [Cranston] was sceptical," Israelite continues, "but he saw a bunch of footage and got excited for the potential. I think it'll be a thrill for fans to see what we're doing with Zordon."

*Israelite's cousin, fellow South African director Jonathan Liebesman, also rebooted another team of TV heroes, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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