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Dean Israelite in negotiations to direct Lionsgate's 'Power Rangers'

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It might be morphin time for Dean Israelite. The director is currently in negotiations to helm the Power Rangers movie for Lionsgate and Saban Brand.

The filmmaker has proved his ability to work with a young cast, on a small budget, for the sci-fi demographic, as he is coming off the time travel-themed Project Almanac. 

The project was first announced in September, with a script penned by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (Marvel’s Thor, X-Men: First Class). 

The original ’90s series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was by and large a success, following a group of high schoolers who gain superpowers, becoming masters of martial arts and learn to pilot massive interconnecting robots as a team. The series has been in continuous production for the past two decades with many different titles and casts.

The film is set for a 2016 release.