“The Maze Runner”, “Fault in Our Stars” Producers to Produce 2017 MMPR Film

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, who have produced many hits such as The Maze Runner (2014), as well as it’s sequel in the series The Scorch Trials (2015), and The Fault in Our Stars (2014) have announced that they are taking on the role of producers for the upcoming Power Rangers movie.

With books-to-film as its backbone, the 10-employee Temple Hill has juggled multiple projects at once, producing Nicholas Sparks adaptations (Dear John and The Longest Ride) and the Maze Runner franchise (the second installment, The Scorch Trials, is set to open Sept. 18) while also working in TV on the upcoming Fox series Rosewood. The duo also signed to produce a Power Rangers reboot and James Frey‘s Endgame. And they’re expanding into publishing, teaming with HarperCollins to develop emerging authors

The duo will join producers Jon Feltheimer (executive producer), Brent O’Connor (producer), Allison Shearmur (producer, The Hunger Games) alongside the creator of Power Rangers, Haim Saban, and Brian Casentini (producer, Saban Brands’ head of development).

Many changes has occurred surrounding the film since it’s initial announcement.

The film has been pushed back from it’s original July 22, 2016 release date to January 13, 2017, a date many consider to be a terrible spot for the movie to be released. Dean Israeliete (best known for his film Project Almanac) has signed on to direct the film and will be working with a script penned by X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz. On the subject of producers, Roberto Orci was originally signed on as an executive producer of the film but has since backed out due to his obligations to the new Star Trek movie.

Bowen has a bit of a background with Power Rangers:

Why did you sign on to produce the Power Rangers reboot?

BOWEN When I was very young I lived in Japan for three years. It was at a time when there were probably four stations. All you could watch were Japanese-language shows, so I started to fall in love with Japanese superheroes. When I moved out to Los Angeles in the early ’90s, I’d nostalgically watch the Power Rangers, and it would put a smile on my face. Now I watch it with my 3-year-olds. Some of these stories were wonderful, and it’s exciting trying to update it for a modern audience.