Jonathan Entwistle is set to lead the development of a new Power Rangers movie and manage a deeper connected story between “multiple platforms.”
Jonathan Entwistle, an executive producer on I Am Not Okay With This, is now in charge of coordinating a connected story between Hasbro’s future Power Rangers feature film and other “platforms.” Specifically, Entwistle will be overseeing and directing film and television adaptations.
Previously, Entwistle was in charge of the next Power Rangers film when it was in development at Paramount. Since then, Hasbro’s eOne production banner has taken control, keeping Entwistle on board. As Borys Kit writes for The Hollywood Reporter, “Entwistle will act as a conductor of a connected story universe that will bridge multiple platforms.”
eOne’s film president Nick Meyer and global television president Michael Lombardo further hint that this new connected story will maintain continuity between both television and film as they specifically mention both platforms in their joint 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. Across our slate, we are looking forward to working with the most talented storytellers as we take on Hasbro’s rich fan-favourite brands and build entertainment universes around them.”
While the details of this connected story remain unclear, Power Rangers as a series currently spans multiple platforms, including television and comic books. The idea of a wider connected story between platforms is also not new to the series. The BOOM! Studios Power Rangers comics’ “Shattered Grid” story extended from the books into an episode of Hyper RPG’s Power Rangers Hyperforce live on Twitch.
Power Rangers films have historically flipped between taking place outside of the television series and maintaining continuity. While the events of 1995’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers The Movie take place in an alternate continuity to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993), 1997’s Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie was intended to bridge the gap between Power Rangers Zeo and Power Rangers Turbo. The 2017 film, Saban’s Power Rangers, once again set up a new continuity in which the story of the 1993 show could be revisited and reimagined, separate from the television series.
Entwistle’s story, should it connect the show to films in the future, will be the first Power Rangers story to span film and television since 1997. Here is what Entwistle had to say about his vision for the future of Power Rangers:
“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.”
No information about the upcoming Power Rangers film is currently available. However, Power Rangers Dino Fury is set to premiere in early 2021.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter