Roberto Orci No Longer Part of 'Power Rangers' Due to 'Star Trek 3'
We already know that Robert Orci is stepping up to direct Star Trek 3 after producing and writing on the sci-fi reboot franchise previously with Alex Kurtzman (though the two won't work together much anymore). He was also slated to executive produce Lionsgate's new big screen version of Power Rangers. But it turns out his commitment to the Paramount Pictures film series that was rebooted by J.J. Abrams in 2009 will keep him from sticking with the latest effort to bring the actin TV sensation to theaters. Deadline reports Orci has dropped out of Power Rangers, but the film will march forward to the summer 2016 release date.
As we learned previously, the film will keep the long mythology of the original TV series and films intact as this project follows a new group of ordinary high school kids who find themselves infused with extraterrestrial powers and must harness those powers as a team to save the world. The script comes from Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, writers of Thor and X-Men: First Class, and it remains to be seen if this film will go for a less campy tone than the previous efforts, which were really geared towards younger fans. But since there's so much nostalgia for Power Rangers for 90s kids, maybe it'll be a little more mature. Either way, it's probably best if Orci isn't involved at this point.