Jonathan Entwistle set to develop new film & TV Power Rangers franchise
After initially being set to develop a new big-screen adaptation of Power Rangers at Paramount Pictures, Jonathan Entwistle (It’s the End of the F—ing World) has been tapped again to engineer new film and TV iterations of the Hasbro-owned franchise for eOne, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Jonathan has an incredible creative vision for this iconic and hugely successful franchise, and is hands down the right architect to join us as we reimagine the television and film worlds of this property,” eOne’s film president Nick Meyer and global television president Michael Lombardo said in a joint statement.
Paramount had tapped Entwistle for a big-screen reboot after the 2017 box office failure at Lionsgate but the studio lost the rights to the series after Hasbro acquired production banner eOne in late 2019 and the company shifted to produce a new adaptation themselves with a more branched-out plan.
“Across our slate, we are looking forward to working with the most talented storytellers as we take on Hasbro’s rich fan-favourite brands and build entertainment universes around them,” the duo stated.
“This is an unbelievable opportunity to deliver new Power Rangers to both new and existing generations of awaiting and adoring fans,” Entwistle said in a statement. “We’ll bring the spirit of analog into the future, harnessing the action and storytelling that made this brand a success.”
Initially based on the Japanese tokusatsu franchise Super Sentai, Saban Entertainment brought the American iteration to life with the 1993 Fox Kids series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, whose success spawned the franchise that would include multiple TV series, a 1995 film, action figures and other toys from Bandai.
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