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'Power Rangers' Reboot Delayed Until 2017

Just weeks after hiring a director, Lionsgate has pushed the release date of its "Power Rangers" reboot from July 22, 2016 to Jan. 13, 2017.

The news, delivered amid a slew of other announcements, naturally isn't accompanied by any explanation, so we can only speculate on the reasons behind the shift. Perhaps director Dean Israelite ("Project Almanac") has scheduling issues, or believes he needs more time to deliver what Lionsgate and Saban Brands want.

But it seems more likely that Rita Repulsa is behind the delay.

Written by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz ("X-Men: First Class"), the movie will “re-envision the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, a group of high school kids who are infused with unique and cool super powers but must harness and use those powers as a team if they have any hope of saving the world.”

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