Roberto Orci is currently co-writing the script for the 2016 Star Trek movie, but he has other projects going like the new TV series Matador (premiering tonight). And he just added another project to his plate – helping bring The Power Rangers back to the big screen. Details below.
Orci joins Power Rangers movie
According to an exclusive report in The Hollywood Reporter, Roberto Orci has joined the creative team for the upcoming Lionsgate Power Rangers film. Orci will be executive producing the film and be developing the story with X-Men First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, Miller and Stenz will then pen the script on their own.
According to THR, the new movie will "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."
The Power Rangers franchise began in the 90s with a children’s TV series "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers," that mixed english-speaking footage and footage from an earlier Japanese TV series "Super Sentai." The series has spawned multiple TV shows since, including the currently running Power Rangers Megaforce. There were also two modest budget feature films: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) and Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997). That second film was a financial disappointment, grossing less than $10 M.
Trailer for 95’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie
The Power Rangers film is the first new feature film Orci has joined through his new Sneaky Shark production company – formed after he and his longtime writing and producing partner Alex Kurtzman went their separate ways for feature films (they still work together through their K/O Paper Products company on TV projects).