Saban Re-acquires Rights to Power Rangers, Plans Revival

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Saban Re-acquires Rights to Power Rangers, Plans Revival

Saban has re-acquired from Disney the franchise that made it a fortune in the mid/early-1990s - Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers - and it could see a revival for a new generation.

If you were a kid growing up during the mid-early 1990s (in the States, anyway, can't speak for everywhere else) then you probably have very fond memories of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. It was a show about five teenagers with attitude who were granted mystical morphing powers to battle the evil sorceress Rita Repulsa and her army of monsters with their sweet transforming dinosaur-themed robots.

Looking back on it now, the "teenagers" were all 30, the monsters and Megazord were just guys in rubber suits, and the whole thing was just slightly silly. In fact, it was actually an American take on the Japanese super sentai (that is, teams of costumed heroes in colorful armor) show Zyuranger - but for all of its flaws, that doesn't mean it wasn't completely awesome to your average 10-year-old at the time. I can't speak for all of the eleventy million spinoffs that followed, though.

In 2001, when Disney snapped up the license to Power Rangers, the franchise had already grossed some $5 billion. However, Saban representatives think that Disney hasn't done much to expand the franchise since then, other than minor merchandising and the like. According to Saban Brands prexy Elie Dekel, founder Haim Saban and his company believes that Power Rangers holds the potential for a "strong revival" for a modern era.

"Haim has always felt that the brand could truly be evergreen, and while Disney continued to produce the series and support consumer products part of the business, we still see tremendous untapped potential," said Dekel.

Saban Brands will be producing 20 new Power Rangers episodes for kids' TV network Nickelodeon, and the massive library of past Rangers episodes - all 700+ of them - will begin airing on Nick this year.

Now, how about something different: Watch the theme song to the original Zyuranger and notice how bizarre it seems even if all the familiar set pieces are in place. The Yellow Ranger is a guy? What the hell!

And yes, it does sound like they're saying "Jew Ranger."

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I really hope they bring back something lke the original...kids should be allowed to grow up with that!

*nerdgasm*

I CANNOT WAIT!

oh yea before you ask, im 25, i grew up with power rangers, but just the first season, not the billion that followed.

AT LAST, AFTER *mumble* YEARS, IT'S BACK! TIME TO CONQUER CHILDREN'S TELEVISION!

I should know the series. I watched up to the 12th series, Power Rangers SPD. WHEN I WAS 15. I watched it for waaaaaaaaay longer than I should have. In truth, it actually only went downhill starting in the 13th one...Mystic Force. UGH. Power Rangers DO NOT need capes. FUCKING CAPES!

I watched this show up until 4-5 years ago. Why? Fuck if I know. I'll be 20 in a month...

My favorite memories will always be season 6...Lightspeed Rescue.

Ahh...Let's also not forget Bulk & Skull.

ToonLink:
*nerdgasm*

I CANNOT WAIT!

oh yea before you ask, im 25, i grew up with power rangers, but just the first season, not the billion that followed.

Same here, commander. No shame!

Awesome, I always loved the original series.

But Nickelodeon? I can never see it being aired there. Disney, CN, even Fox Saturdays (whatever its called) always seemed better.

God I loved those shows. I remember just positively shrieking in the episodes where either someone found out that someone was a ranger, or when new rangers were added on. Those episodes were the best!

Also, after turbo had the kid ranger that is all I wanted to be when I grew up, that is all.

I loved the "Jew Ranger" thing and they still make some types of Power ranger shows. They just suck.

Okay Saban, now go get Digimon Cross Wars and say Tamers instead of Digi-Destined, shut up with the whole "Digi-<noun>" Thing, then I'll be interested. ALOT.

Calumon: Worst comes to worst, we'll watch the subs. Nothing will stop us!

I have seen every season, although nit every episode(because that makes it better).
Can't wait to how this is done.
Wonder if they'll go for a gritty reboot?

Power Rangers never fails to bring the nostalgia. At least, the first 2-3 seasons of it. Never cared much for the rest.

I'm eager and afraid at the same time to see what a 'modern' interpretation of it would be like.

I can speak for Europe having a generation of power ranger nerds...

I have a red ranger action figure that speaks german, it was huge over there too.

Does anyone else think the show started to die the moment they introduced Tommy, or is that just me being bitter? I loved everyone else, but couldn't stand him.

Always knew there was something odd about Trinie in her armor. "Why does Kimberly get to wear a skirt, but not her?" Finally, I have my answer.

Hurr Durr Derp:
Power Rangers never fails to bring the nostalgia. At least, the first 2-3 seasons of it. Never cared much for the rest.

I'm eager and afraid at the same time to see what a 'modern' interpretation of it would be like.

Oddly, you should care for season 4. Power Rangers In Space was a direct plot continuation of the first, second, and third season. The first season that is a total spin-off is Lost Galaxy, and even that links back to In Space towards the end.

Oh HELL YEAH!

I loved Power Rangers as a Kid, and my interest was again piqued by Linkara's excellent History of the Power Rangers video series. Bring it on.

EDIT: Zeo Rangers FTW


I love that song

I guess we're gonna get a blast... *puts on sunglasses* from the past.

YEEAAAAAAAAAAH......!

I would totally watch a rebooted MMPR, even if only to see it crash and burn. I wonder if they'd re-use 30 year old sentai footage or remake it from scratch.

I honestly hope for the latter, and Bulk and Skull better be awesome, or else it will suck.

Altorin:
I would totally watch a rebooted MMPR, even if only to see it crash and burn. I wonder if they'd re-use 30 year old sentai footage or remake it from scratch.

I honestly hope for the latter, and Bulk and Skull better be awesome, or else it will suck.

As long as they don't touch the Bulk & Skull theme...

Actually, I grew up watching the Japanese version of Power Rangers... but its all good :P

I hope its just as corny as it was back then!

Onyx Oblivion:

Altorin:
I would totally watch a rebooted MMPR, even if only to see it crash and burn. I wonder if they'd re-use 30 year old sentai footage or remake it from scratch.

I honestly hope for the latter, and Bulk and Skull better be awesome, or else it will suck.

As long as they don't touch the Bulk & Skull theme...

doodledoodledo doo dooo

John Funk:

If you were a kid growing up during the mid-early 1990s (in the States, anyway, can't speak for everywhere else) then you probably have very fond memories of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. It was a show about five teenagers with attitude who were granted mystical morphing powers to battle the evil sorceress Rita Repulsa and her army of monsters with their sweet transforming dinosaur-themed robots.

UK was pretty much the same. Laughing at Bulk and Skull while secretly fancying the Pink Ranger (Amy Jo Johnson).

Hell, look at how many times the theme (One of the best of all time) has been given to Guitar Hero.

Loved Power Rangers, but stopped watching after they went into space. Though the one episode where every single ranger in history fought together in a giant battle was EPIC.

For a bit of fun info, Jason David Frank (Green Ranger) is now a MMA Fighter and Amy Jo Johnson (Pink Ranger) is now a porn star.

I wonder if we can get another oriental person to play the yellow ranger and a black person to play the black ranger. All that was missing from the early episodes was some Indian guy as the red ranger.

As for the claim up above, while the original green ranger now is indeed a MMA fighter, Amy Jo Johnson isn't doing porn. In fact she is currently in Flashpoint on CBS. However, the yellow ranger bit it in a car crash and the black ranger was arrested for smacking his woman around and the red ranger has put on a good 40 pounds and looks like hell.

Onyx Oblivion:

Hurr Durr Derp:
Power Rangers never fails to bring the nostalgia. At least, the first 2-3 seasons of it. Never cared much for the rest.

I'm eager and afraid at the same time to see what a 'modern' interpretation of it would be like.

Oddly, you should care for season 4. Power Rangers In Space was a direct plot continuation of the first, second, and third season. The first season that is a total spin-off is Lost Galaxy, and even that links back to In Space towards the end.

To be honest, I started losing interest somewhere during season 3. Which is why I said "the first 2-3 seasons". Maybe I would have liked season 4, but by then I had already stopped following it.

Although I do think a revival could be pretty cool, they shouldn't air all of the old episodes again. everything about them is pretty terrible, and it's just nostalgia which makes us think of them quite so fondly (Yeah, I was watching Linkara's piece on them and it inspired me to watch the whole lot again. Bottom line, I thought they were pretty stupid and dull this time around)

But a proper rework, done well, could be a really good idea.

NameIsRobertPaulson:
Amy Jo Johnson (Pink Ranger) is now a porn star.

Don't you diss Kimberley, she's doing quite well away from that side.

Thing is, when they started making MMPR serious, they lost the entire point of the series. It's MEANT to be insane with Putties etc.

Let's just hope they honor the original's memory and don't completely screw this up. My biggest fear is them going too far with the modernization and us ending up with some kinda horrific cross between halo and the original series (although I have to admit the idea of master chief meeting the original rangers does sound kinda sweet now that I think about it). Anyway let's hope this reboot allows a new generation of kids to grow up watching the series and buying EVERYTHING plastered with a power rangers logo.

P.S. I still have a fully working complete original megazord set in my bedroom. Anyone else have a few lying around or is that just me?

Hurr Durr Derp:

Onyx Oblivion:

Hurr Durr Derp:
Power Rangers never fails to bring the nostalgia. At least, the first 2-3 seasons of it. Never cared much for the rest.

I'm eager and afraid at the same time to see what a 'modern' interpretation of it would be like.

Oddly, you should care for season 4. Power Rangers In Space was a direct plot continuation of the first, second, and third season. The first season that is a total spin-off is Lost Galaxy, and even that links back to In Space towards the end.

To be honest, I started losing interest somewhere during season 3. Which is why I said "the first 2-3 seasons". Maybe I would have liked season 4, but by then I had already stopped following it.

Is it sad that I knew all that? Because I'm feeling like I shouldn't know the plot of Power Rangers in detail.

Power Rangers was big in the UK! I remember the action figures and the segments on the news blaming it for increased violence in children. I don't remember much except for the giant robots.

The_root_of_all_evil:

NameIsRobertPaulson:
Amy Jo Johnson (Pink Ranger) is now a porn star.

Don't you diss Kimberley, she's doing quite well away from that side.

Thing is, when they started making MMPR serious, they lost the entire point of the series. It's MEANT to be insane with Putties etc.

It's a running gag from a certain website, that showed a side by side comparison of a girl who looked just like her.

I'm embarrassed that I used to watch that junk when I was 8. Almost every episode is the same: the painfully stupid sorceress decides to take over earth, sends the minions, minions get defeated, sends a monster, grows 200m in size, rangers call in transformers, beat monster. That crap was worse than mexican soap operas. I'm talking about the Mighty Morpin series. The show got better as it progressed, the actors started to actualy try to act. Time Force was the best IMO, as it had a cool main villain and the whole theme of mutants being oppressed by humans was pretty interesting. Alot better than being evil for the sake of evil like in Mighty Morphin.

Meh, I was into Animaniacs and other shows that didn't make my brain leak from my ears. I only ever watched it for it's pure camp value and to see what people can do with a straight face.

Power Rangers FTW! I never really liked the first series until Lord Z came in to it god he was awesome, In space and Turbo were the best for me I have a DVD called the ultimate rangers it has some of the best up to Wild force.

Onyx Oblivion:

Hurr Durr Derp:

Onyx Oblivion:

Hurr Durr Derp:
Power Rangers never fails to bring the nostalgia. At least, the first 2-3 seasons of it. Never cared much for the rest.

I'm eager and afraid at the same time to see what a 'modern' interpretation of it would be like.

Oddly, you should care for season 4. Power Rangers In Space was a direct plot continuation of the first, second, and third season. The first season that is a total spin-off is Lost Galaxy, and even that links back to In Space towards the end.

To be honest, I started losing interest somewhere during season 3. Which is why I said "the first 2-3 seasons". Maybe I would have liked season 4, but by then I had already stopped following it.

Is it sad that I knew all that? Because I'm feeling like I shouldn't know the plot of Power Rangers in detail.

Sad? I don't know. Geeky, sure. But pretty much everyone on this board is geeky one way or another.

NameIsRobertPaulson:

It's a running gag from a certain website, that showed a side by side comparison of a girl who looked just like her.

Some things will not be sullied by THAT website. There are limits you know.

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