That Power Rangers reboot just found a director (no, it's not Joseph Kahn)

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Apr 13, 2015, 11:27 AM EDT

Though we’ve all been distracted by that awesome, unofficial Power Rangers short film that’s been making the rounds, an official remake is on the way — and here’s who’ll be at the helm.

Variety reports Dean Israelite has signed on to direct the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers reboot for Lionsgate. Israelite is an up-and-comer who just recently broke onto the scene as the director of the 2014 time-travel tale Project Almanac. Israelite has studied at the school of Michael Bay (Bay produced Project Almanac via his Platinum Dunes shingle), so he should definitely have the necessary skills for giant robot battles.

We still don’t know exactly what the studio is planning for the Power Rangers revamp, but the hiring of Israelite seems to indicate they’ll be aiming for that PG-13 sweet spot that made so many millions of dollars for Bay’s Transformers franchise and is true to the existing kid-friendly brand. It also means we won’t be getting the uber-dark, gritty spin on the franchise we’re dying to see after Katee Sackhoff and James Van Der Beek blew our minds in Joseph Kahn’s recent bootleg short Power/Rangers. Oh, well -- that was always an impossibly long, long shot. But still, dare to dream.

Most likely, the studio is hoping to capitalize on the brand that has pretty much slipped into mediocrity in recent years due to so many low-low budget television versions. Regardless, it still has name recognition. So slap some new actors, a solid script (X-Men: First Class’ Zack Stentz is penning the screenplay) and a decent budget at this thing, and voila — hopefully it’ll get back on track.

The new Power Rangers film is set to open July 22, 2016. What do you want to see from the franchise?

(Via Variety)