Source: Fresh Talent
Once production for the 26th season of the Power Rangers franchise begins in late September/Early October (if they follow the schedule of previous seasons), Power Rangers Productions will once again be producing in the Glen Eden – home of Studio West, where Power Rangers has been filming for years – and Hobsonville Point areas.
Hobsonville Point may sound familiar to you – as one of it’s schools, Hobsonville Point Primary School — has recently been used in Power Rangers Ninja Steel as the location for Summer Cove High School.
In a casting call put out July 16, Fresh Talent, a casting agency in New Zealand, gave out teeny bits of info regarding the next season Beast Morphers:
** TEENS & YOUNG ADULTS WANTED **
We’re on the hunt for talent for the upcoming series of POWER RANGERS. If you fit the brief please post below and we’ll be in touch with more info;
– Must be Auckland based as filming will be in Glen Eden & Hobsonville Point
– We’re particularly after talent who could pass for American Teenagers aged 16-20 years
– Must have your own transport to get to set as it is not on the public transport system.
– Must have a good level of fitness and be able to run from monsters (of the green screened variety).
While the posting does list needing those to pass for the ages of 16-20, and the Hobsonville Point suburban area having the school being a previous location for filming. The first summary released for the season describes Beast Morphers as:
Set in the future, a secret agency combines a newly discovered substance called “Morph-X” with animal DNA to create the Power Rangers Beast Morphers team. The Rangers must fight off an evil sentient computer virus bent on taking over the source of all Ranger power, the Morphin’ Grid itself.
This does not confirm, at this time, that Power Rangers Beast Morphers will use any of the schools as the season’s setting for the described secret agency. There is still too little known about this upcoming season to know exactly what it’s about. As production initiates, we’re bound to learn more.
To note, back in 2015, Hobsonville Point was being looked at as an area for a new film studios. Using an ex-air force base and it’s hangars, it would be a primary spot for a new area of production. However, the proposal introduced did not go far.
Glen Eden and Studio West has been home to the Power Rangers franchise for years, and Power Rangers Productions have a contract to work in the area until May 2019. After this date, and with Power Rangers now in Hasbro’s hands (as with the appointment of Brian Goldner, Stephen Davis and John Frascotti as directors of the Power Rangers Productions company), we have to wait and see what will happen next.
Some fans are calling for the show to move to Canada or back to the United States for filming – especially after the news that Power Rangers lost it’s additional bonus 5% NZ film incentive grant. However, it’s too early at this point to know what will occur with the season after Beast Morphers, the first season entirely under Hasbro’s belt.
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