Dean Israelite

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Dean Israelite
Dean Israelite (cropped).jpg
Israelite at San Diego Comic-Con in 2016 promoting Power Rangers
Born (1984-09-20) September 20, 1984 (age 35)
Johannesburg, South Africa
NationalitySouth African
OccupationFilm director, writer and producer
Years active2006-present
Known forProject Almanac
Power Rangers
RelativesJonathan Liebesman (cousin)

Dean Israelite is a South African film director, writer, and producer, best known for directing the found footage film Project Almanac, the 2017 reboot of Power Rangers, and the 2019 reboot of Are You Afraid of the Dark.

Early life[edit]

Israelite was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, and studied Dramatic Art at the University of the Witwatersrand.[1] He moved to Australia and graduated in Film and Television from Curtin University, then earned his MFA from the American Film Institute.[1] His cousin is director Jonathan Liebesman.[2] He is of Jewish background.[3]


Israelite started his career with writing and directing several short films, including Acholiland.[1]

In 2015, Israelite made his feature film directing debut with the found footage science fiction thriller Project Almanac, based on the script by Jason Pagan and Andrew Deutschman.[4][5] Michael Bay produced the film, which was released on January 30, 2015 by Paramount Pictures, grossing more than $32 million with a budget of $12 million.[6] Israelite directed Lionsgate's Power Rangers film (2017), based on the screenplay by John Gatins, with a story by Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless, Michelle Mulroney and Kieran Mulroney,[7] which was released on March 24, 2017 by Lionsgate Films, grossing more than $142 million with a budget of $100 million.[8]

Future and cancelled projects[edit]

In February 2014, Israelite was among the directors who were being eyed by the Marvel Studios to direct the superhero film Doctor Strange,[9] but later in June 2014 Scott Derrickson was confirmed as director.[10]

In June 2014, Israelite was set to direct the remake of the 1983 film WarGames for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, based on the script by Arash Amel.[1]

Israelite is set to direct Unexplained Phenomenon from the screenplay by Andrew Deutschman & Jason Pagan, for Amblin Entertainment and The Picture Company.[11]



  1. ^ a b c d Fleming Jr, Mike (June 24, 2014). "MGM's 'WarGames' Reboot Lands Helmer Dean Israelite, Scribe Arash Amel". Retrieved September 8, 2015.
  2. ^ Thompson, Bill Desowitz,Anne. "Comic-Con 2014: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' 3D Reboot vs. Low-Tech 'Project Almanac' | IndieWire". Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  3. ^ "Jews in the Newz".
  4. ^ "Power Rangers Movie Will Be "Mature but Still Playful," Says Director". June 5, 2015. Retrieved September 8, 2015.
  5. ^ Kit, Borys (February 5, 2014). "Paramount Postpones Michael Bay-Produced 'Welcome to Yesterday' (Exclusive)". Retrieved September 8, 2015.
  6. ^ "Project Almanac (2015)". Retrieved September 8, 2015.
  7. ^ Alexander, Julia. "Watch the first teaser trailer for the Power Rangers movie". Polygon. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Power Rangers (2017)". Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  9. ^ Kit, Borys (February 20, 2014). "'Doctor Strange' Heating Up as Marvel Vets Directors (Exclusive)". Retrieved September 8, 2015.
  10. ^ Siegel, Tatiana; Kit, Borys (June 3, 2014). "Scott Derrickson to Direct Marvel's 'Doctor Strange'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 8, 2015.
  11. ^ Crittenton, Anya (10 October 2017). "Amblin Acquires Supernatural Pitch "Unexplained Phenomenon" from "Paranormal Activity" Writing Duo". The Tracking Board. Retrieved 6 June 2019.

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