Universal Options "The Wicked + The Divine" for TV Adaptation
Good news: Roberto Orci won’t ruin Power Rangers for you. That’s the word straight from the source, at least.
Speaking with IGN, the Star Trek co-writer explained how he became involved as an executive producer of the upcoming Power Rangers movie, penned by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (X-Men: First Class). Orci spoke about his first meeting with Haim Saban, the mastermind behind the Power Rangers franchise, and how he convinced him he wouldn’t “ruin [the] franchise.”
“They have 600 pages of research that they have on their stuff,” Orci said. “We read through the synopsis of everything they did and we are actually taking into account quite a bit of the canon in a real way. We’re not just a leave it behind reboot. [Haim] Saban cares very much about that. This is something that he created. I had to go to his house, personally, to tell him, ‘Listen, I’m your man. Miller and Stenz, these are your guys. I promise you I won’t ruin your franchise.’ And he said, ‘It’s very important to me, because kids around the world know what the Power Rangers are. So you can’t just come in here and walk all over it. It better be consistent with what I’ve been doing.’ And I said, ‘Yes sir!'”
In fact, Orci is so serious about honoring the original Power Rangers mythology that we might actually see some of the original Rangers in the new film.
“Of course,” Orci said of the possibility of cameos from the original cast members. “That’s something we want to rely on the Saban group to tell us. They have a lot of internal knowledge of their franchise and we’re just learning now. We’ve seen it only as fans, but they actually know it inside and out, so I’d love to know what fans want to see.”