The Power Rangers are morphing again.
Jonathan Entwistle, the creator behind Netflix series It’s the End of the F—ing World, has been entrusted to engineer and shepherd the next series of screen adaptations of Power Rangers, the colourful Hasbro superhero property. the new initiative will see Entwistle overseeing, and directing, both film and TV projects.
The move comes as eOne, the production banner acquired by Hasbro in late 2019, becomes more active in the development and the production of adaptations of Hasbro-based brands. A Power Rangers feature was previously in development by Entwistle at Paramount but now the reins have been taken by eOne while Entwistle is seeing his involvement deepen and branch out.
Entwistle will act as a conductor of a connected story universe that will bridge across multiple platforms in a similar role to Kevin Feige had with the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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. The premise involved a group of kids who become superheroes, each with his or her own colour-coordinated outfit and matching helmet. The show first aired on Fox Kids, then on the Disney-owned channel in the 2000s. A movie also hit theaters in 1995.
In 2017, Lionsgate produced and released a feature that rebooted the title, making it less kid-friendly and giving it a more brooding YA edge. The pic failed at the box office, grossing only $142 million worldwide on a budget of around $100 million, and plans for a series of films were scrapped.
Entwistle created F—ing World and co-created the recent series I’m Not Okay With This. Both series were centered on teens coming to gripHe is repped by CAA and Grandview.
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