‘X-Men: First Class’ Writers Board ‘Power Rangers’ Movie
Go, go Power Creative Team! Lionsgate and Saban have revealed the writers and executive producer for the upcoming Power Rangers movie, and pop culture fans will certainly recognize the names – Ashley Miller, Zachary Stentz, and Roberto Orci! Miller and Stentz wrote the screen play for the X-Men: First Class film and will again pick up their pens to write about a youthful super hero team clad in matching uniforms in Power Rangers. Orci (along with longtime writing partner, Alex Kurtzman) is known for writing the first Transformers movie in 2007, as well as the two Star Trek movies in 2009 and 2013 and will help develop the story line for Power Rangers as executive producer.
The upcoming movie being developed by Lionsgate and rights holder Saban Brands, will be scripted by X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz.Additionally, Roberto Orci, one of the screenwriters behind The Transformers and Star Trek movies, is coming on board as an exec producer.Orci was one half of a screenwriting duo with partner Alex Kurtzman. The pair recently split, and Orci has formed a new venture, Sneaky Shark.Orci will develop the movie’s story along with Miller and Stentz, with the latter two handling screenwriting duties.Power Rangers was a ’90s TV series and global marketing franchise, initially called The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, that used footage from a Japanese children’s show. It first aired on Fox Kids then in the 2000s on Disney-owned channels. A movie also hit theaters in 1995.The new movie promises to completely re-envision the Rangers, a group of high school kids who are infused with unique and cool super powers but must harness and use those powers as a team if they have any hope of saving the world.Haim Saban, who created the franchise, will produce Power Rangers with Saban Brands’ head of development and production Brian Casentini. Also producing is Allison Shearmur, who oversaw The Hunger Games when she wasLionsgate’s president of production and recently produced Disney’s Cinderella.In addition to First Class, Miller and Stentz also have screenplay credit on Marvel’s Thor and are working on Geostorm, a disaster movie that has Gerard Butler on board to star. They worked with Orci on Fringe, the cult TV show Orci created with Kurtzman.In addition to three Transformers movies and two Trek films, Orci’s writing credits include Mission: Impossible III, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Cowboys & Aliens, among several others.Orci is repped by CAA, Miller and Stentz by WMELionsgate Motion Picture Group co-president Erik Feig and executive vp of production & development Jim Miller are overseeing Rangers.