Now, this is an interesting development. Last year, we found out that the creator of It’s the End of the F***ing World creator Jonathan Entwistle was hired to direct a brand new feature film on the popular Power Rangers franchise. This film would not be connected to Lionsgate 2017 reimagining of the original series that tried to focus on the Young Adult audience. At the time, it was a Box Office bomb, so the planned sequels were scrapped.
It was also revealed that the new film would give us a story that focuses on time-travel. I even added my own approach to this story in a feature a few months ago, which you can check out here. We haven’t heard anything since, especially with rumors going around that Hasbro has canceled its contract with Toei, who provided the Sentai footage and costumes, which the franchise is based on. Well, looks like Entwhistle may have a much larger role moving forward.
According to Hollywood Reporter, he will be responsible for overseeing the film and television adaptations. In a way, he will act as showrunner similar to Marvel Studios Kevin Feige. It also will be adapted by Hasbro’s production banner eOne, which it acquired last year. This development also means that Paramount will no longer be involved. eOne’s president Nick Meyer gave the following statement:
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.
Entwistle also shared his enthusiasm for his new role in the article.
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.
This development would match up with the rumors that the upcoming film would branch out into a new TV series. There still is no confirmation on the Hasbro-Toei deal, so it is uncertain if they will still rely on Sentai footage. 2021 will still feature the new season Power Rangers: Dino Fury, which is based on Toei’s Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger. If they do try to expand into a connected universe, we might see a very different Power Rangers moving forward.
It also opens up the question of where these series and films will find their home once they are produced. These shows could find a new home on streaming platforms that would offer higher budgets. It actually would be ironic if the strike a deal with Disney+, as the company sold the rights back to Saban back in 2010. There is a good chance they will work with Netflix after their recent release of Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy. No matter what, as a fan of the franchise I cannot wait to see where it is heading.