As a fan of film, I love exploring behind the scenes. Reading about the production process, the special effects and the stories of what could have been.
This has been my longest running column for The Unheard Nerd and I think this must be a first for the series. An alternate version of a film that hasn’t even started production yet!
In May of 2014 Saban and Lionsgate announced that a new ‘Power Rangers’ movie was in the works. Originally scheduled to be released in Summer of 2016, the latest reports indicate it will now arrive in March of 2017.
In early 2015 it was reported that director Dean Israelite (Project Almanac [My Review]) was in the running to direct the film. This was later confirmed and in an interview Dean said the film will be, “completely playful, and it needs to be really fun and funny. But like ‘Project Almanac’, I hope it’s going to feel very grounded at the same time, and very contemporary and have a real edge to it, and a real gut to it. So I think it’s going to be a fun, joyful [movie] but one that feels completely grounded in a real world, with real characters going through real things.”
However, Dean wasn’t the only choice of director. Others were considered (we don’t know who) and they obviously bought their own vision and pitches in to impress the executives of Saban and Lionsgate in order to grab the job as director.
In December of 2015 the following pieces of concept art, created by artists Alex Ruiz and Gregory Semkow, appeared online. These pieces of work were allegedly created to convey one directors vision of the property. None of the below images are expected to be realized in the final film, but do show off what might have been.