After the lackluster performance of Dean Israelite‘s POWER RANGERS at the box-office in 2017, plans for multiple sequels were scrapped and the franchise (along with other Saban brands) was sold to Hasbro in a multi-million dollar deal. It was reported last year that Jonathan Entwistle, co-creator of Netflix’s It’s the End of the F—ing World, was in talks to direct a new POWER RANGERS feature-film, but THR has now reported that Entwistle is slated to take an even bigger role for the newly expanded POWER RANGERS franchise.
The outlet reported that Jonathan Entwistle will oversee and direct both film and television adaptations of the POWER RANGERS franchise for Hasbro’s eOne. “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,” said eOne’s film president Nick Meyer and global television president Michael Lombardo in a joint statement. “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.” Entwistle will act as something of a “conductor” for a connected story universe that will span multiple platforms. In his own statement, Entwistle said, “This is an unbelievable opportunity to deliver new Power Rangers to both new and existing generations of awaiting and adoring fans. We’ll bring the spirit of analog into the future, harnessing the action and storytelling that made this brand a success.“
While I’ve never been the biggest fan of the POWER RANGERS, it’s hard to deny just how popular the franchise is. Since it’s debut in the early ’90s, the series has enjoyed a constant presence on television, and that’s not to mention the various movies, video-games, and comics that soon followed.