'Power Rangers' Movie Gets a Release Date

Issue 35 BKLOT Power Rangers - H 2013
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Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz are writing the movie

Lionsgate has given Power Rangers a release date.

The studio will open the movie, which hopes to launch a franchise, July 22, 2016.

The move puts the title on the same date as Warners’ King Arthur, another movie that hopes to launch a franchise.

It also sandwiches the movie in between Universal’s next Bourne movie, which opens July 15, and Fox’s next installment of Planet of the Apes, which is to bow July 29.

X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz are penning the script while Haim Saban, Brian Casentini, Allison Shearmur and Roberto Orci are producing.

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 superpowers but must harness and use those powers as a team if they have any hope of saving the world.