‘Power Rangers’ Director Dean Israelite Boards ‘Unexplained Phenomenon’ Movie

Power Rangers” director Dean Israelite has signed to supernatural family adventure “Unexplained Phenomenon” for Amblin Partners.

Alex Heineman and Andrew Rona are producing through their Picture Company shingle. The script, inspired by actual events, centers on a family discovering a mysterious object that sends their life and home into upheaval. The family seeks the help of an expert and her teenage daughter who appear to have a connection with the object.

The title is based on the FBI designation for occurrences that are investigated but left unsolved. The producers plan  to use the project as the start of a franchise about unexplained supernatural events.

The script is written by Jason Pagan and Andrew Deutschman, who also teamed with Israelite on the 2015 science-fiction thriller “Project Almanac.” The story has a similar tone to Amblin’s 1980s classics “ET the Extraterrestrial” and “Poltergeist.”

Israelite is a South Africa native who made his feature debut on the found footage story “Project Almanac” and was hired by Lionsgate for “Power Rangers,” which grossed $140 million worldwide.

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Heineman and Rona teamed with Joel Silver on Liam Neeson’s 2014 actioner “Non-Stop.” They produced the upcoming Neeson project “The Commuter,” which Lionsgate opens on Jan. 12. They are also producing Amblin’s spy thriller “The Travelers” with Will Speck and Josh Gordon to direct.



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