It looks as though Star Trek writer (and potential director) Roberto Orci has quit the weirdly-anticipated Power Rangers movie.
It’s sad news for Power Rangers fans. The upcoming movie reboot of our favourite mighty morphing Transformer rip-offs has hit a bit of a snag… after executive producer Roberto Orci unexpectedly dropped out due to other commitments.
According to Deadline Hollywood, the 41-year-old film maker has dropped out of the upcoming Power Rangers project due to increasing commitments with Star Trek 3.
“Roberto Orci has dropped out of Power Rangers because his Star Trek 3 directing obligation has created a scheduling conflict. He’ll no longer be exec producer of the film.”
However, it looks as though this won’t derail Lionsgate’s plans to revitalise the ageing franchise.
“It doesn’t change Lionsgate and Haim Saban’s intention to release Power Rangers worldwide on July 22, 2016. Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, who penned the screenplays for X-Men: First Class and Thor, will continue to write the script. Saban, who hatched the Power Rangers franchise, is producing with Brian Casentini, head of development and production for Saban Brands, and Allison Shearmur.”
Over the past few years, Orci has become one of the biggest names in Hollywood, writing alongside his long-term writing partner Alex Kurtzman until they recently parted ways for individual projects.
Of course, his biggest hit to date is Star Trek Into Darkness and it’s currently thought that he’ll be heading to the director’s chair as well a writing the next instalment.
Although the Power Rangers movie is currently without a cast, it looks as though it won’t be long before we get more details of this weirdly-nostalgic project. But will it live up to the camp-awfulness of the original series? We can only hope.
What do you think of Orci’s decision to quit? Are you looking forward to a new Power Rangers movie? Let us know what you think in the comments below…