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 34)
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 and the 2017 reboot of Power Rangers.

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.
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  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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