Power Rangers To Be Rebooted in Live-Action Film from Lionsgate

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Power Rangers To Be Rebooted in Live-Action Film from Lionsgate

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

The live action TV series Power Rangers is getting a movie reboot.

Lionsgate and Saban Brands announced today their partnership for an upcoming live action movie reboot of Power Rangers. The movie will be based on the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers live action television series from 1993.

Power Rangers creator Haim Saban and Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer noted the series' history and popularity as a brand. Toys, clothes, costumes, video games, comic books, and TV shows have reimagined the Power Rangers for two decades.

The rebooted franchise re-envisions the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as a group of kids in high school who have super powers and must act as a team to save the world.

"Lionsgate is the perfect home for elevating our Power Rangers brand to the next level," Saban said in a prepared statement. "They have the vision, marketing prowess, and incredible track record in launching breakthrough hits from The Hunger Games to Twilight to Divergent. In partnership with the Lionsgate team, we're confident that we will capture the world of the Power Rangers and translate it into a unique and memorable motion picture phenomenon with a legacy all its own."

Feltheimer said Lionsgate is prepared to maximize the potential of the Power Rangers franchise. "The Power Rangers' stories and characters have been embraced by generations of audiences for more than 20 years, and today they are more powerful than ever."

Reboots seem all the rage these days from Spiderman to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Godzilla. A release date for the Power Rangers reboot was not announced.

Source: Lionsgate, Saban

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*sigh...* Can we not do this? Part of the charm of Power Rangers was its sheer campyness. Unless you're going to go for that, walk away from this project...

Does it really count as a reboot of the franchise if the franchise has been putting out a new installment almost every year since 1993?

I'm really hoping that this isn't going to be trying to make a mature movie that will apeal to those of us who grew up with the show. I feel that Power Rangers and serious just doesn't go well together. I'd much rather they made it a movie targeted at the kids who are watching the current series. Either way, I'd probably go and see it.

Besides, the greatest Power Ranger movie (Super Sentai technically) has already been made.


This is not the climax of the film, this is the opening scene.

This...just cant be true. It'll be REALLY hard to sell a group named Power Rangers with their silly powers with a straight face...and if you're gonna do it as camp as the original...it'll be more like self-referencing garbage...

Well...at least it cant be worse than Transformers 3.

If they can persuade Amy Jo Johnson (the original Pink Power Ranger) to be in it I will be delighted. Shes lovely. :)

Teenage wet-dream nostalgia aside, I reckon this could be good if it were handled by the right people but sadly I dont think the right people work at Lionsgate. A reboot based on the original needs to be funny, cliché and over-the-top, whereas I think Lionsgate will try and make it a bit too self-depreciating, with too many "Urgh, look how retarded we are being!" moments in the script.

Meh, time as always will tell.

Obviously they are going to fuck it up and make an unnecessarily serious reboot with a tacticool uniform like this:

roseofbattle:
"They have the vision, marketing prowess, and incredible track record in launching breakthrough hits from The Hunger Games to Twilight to Divergent.

Seriously?! These are the movies you decide to cite as some of Lionsgate's best work? TWILIGHT OF ALL THINGS?! What is wrong with you? Saban, just saying this does not inspire confidence, especially if he wants a Power Rangers movie in the same vein as those listed above.

To say nothing of him most likely trying to replace Jason David Frank. Is that even possible? That man has a reputation among Power Rangers fans as one of, if not the best, Ranger ever. Honestly, how do you begin to replace someone like him?

I'm excited and concerned, fingers crossed. Bulk & Skull FTW!

I may take my niece and nephew with me as a front to watch it, or go proudly with a mate :P

Dreadman75:
Seriously?! These are the movies you decide to cite as some of Lionsgate's best work? TWILIGHT OF ALL THINGS?! What is wrong with you? Saban, just saying this does not inspire confidence, especially if he wants a Power Rangers movie in the same vein as those listed above.

Sure it does.

Have you seen how much money Twilight's made? That's what these people are caring about in that statement. They're talking about the ability to market these types of films.

The one you should be picking on is Divergent, which did nowhere near the numbers of the other two (although it was still a success).

what the power rangers series needs is less embarrassing writing and more self awareness. I mean, who says shows for kids can't be well-written? Look at Adventure Time. There's so much potential in the franchise, it's just that it has never been fully realised.

I just hope it's not going to end up being a gritty, serious reboot for 'grown ups'.

Didn't we already have this? IIRC it was called something like Pacific Rim.

(ducks and runs)

Can we as a collective remove the cash-sink funnel from the nostalgia wasteland we're trapped in and burn that money on something that might actually benefit all of humankind? Perhaps on something like - Oh, I don't know - a space program? Say what you want about the ruskies but, at least they have the means to get into space.

Seriously though, because THIS is something we should really dump almost half a million dollars into:
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/134254-Shaq-Fu-A-Legend-Reborn-Hits-Buzzer-Beating-Funding-Goal-of-450-000

Flatfrog:
Didn't we already have this? IIRC it was called something like Pacific Rim.

(ducks and runs)

If it's half as good as Pacific Rim, we're in for a treat.

When I was younger I had the idea of a more mature power rangers. Where the suits looked like Spartan Armor, and the personal drama was closer to something like Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Now that I'm older and can accept that my childhood fixations don't need to grow up with me, I hope that they keep it for the kids. So much kidstuff has been co-opted by grownups. It makes me a little sad.

Fing reboots, tjis one doesn't wven make sense, Power Rangers are constantly making new things anyways that have very little connection to each other.

Johny_X2:
what the power rangers series needs is less embarrassing writing and more self awareness.

You're missing the point of the show. Power Ranges exists for one goal alone, in which capacity it is possibly the greatest TV series ever made: it is a vehicle for selling toys to eight-year-olds.

Seen in this light, all the supposed 'flaws' of Power Rangers are actually brilliant marketing decisions.

- The formulaic nature of the show is a great way to ensure that children know 'how to play' Power Rangers. Narrative is simple, and the fights follow a predictable pattern which kids can replicate easily.
- Over the course of each series, new gadgets and zords are added regularly, at a pace which allows kids to keep badgering their parents to buy them. (I always love it how at the end of the series there's so much crap the Rangers scarcely have enough time in a fight to use it all, and the zords end up looking like a Katamari Damasi game)
- Crucially, Power Rangers avoids the trap which most live-action shows fall into, of having props that are too awesome-looking. The gadgets the Rangers use are *exactly the same plastic tat* the kids can buy in the shop, meaning no disappointment when you open the box.
- And of course, the fact that every series starts afresh with a whole new set of Rangers (and a whole new set of tat) means the bucks just keep on rollin' in.

I dont know this could be cool, there tones to draw from, with all the sentia stuff around, and it would be cool to see and strait up westernized version, instead of using re-purposed footage. What would kick arse would be a campy, retro power rangers, but where they fight cthulhu.

roseofbattle:
The rebooted franchise re-envisions the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as a group of kids in high school who have super powers and must act as a team to save the world.

Woah, slow down there crazy people, I don't think I can handle this level of innovation!

Also

"Lionsgate is the perfect home for elevating our Power Rangers brand to the next level," Saban said in a prepared statement. "They have the vision, marketing prowess, and incredible track record in launching breakthrough hits from The Hunger Games to Twilight to Divergent. In partnership with the Lionsgate team, we're confident that we will capture the world of the Power Rangers and translate it into a unique and memorable motion picture phenomenon with a legacy all its own."

Hahahahahaha. Twilight and the hunger games hits. That's funny. I guess if you're talking about fans of the books.

Flatfrog:

Johny_X2:
what the power rangers series needs is less embarrassing writing and more self awareness.

You're missing the point of the show. Power Ranges exists for one goal alone, in which capacity it is possibly the greatest TV series ever made: it is a vehicle for selling toys to eight-year-olds.

Seen in this light, all the supposed 'flaws' of Power Rangers are actually brilliant marketing decisions.

- The formulaic nature of the show is a great way to ensure that children know 'how to play' Power Rangers. Narrative is simple, and the fights follow a predictable pattern which kids can replicate easily.
- Over the course of each series, new gadgets and zords are added regularly, at a pace which allows kids to keep badgering their parents to buy them. (I always love it how at the end of the series there's so much crap the Rangers scarcely have enough time in a fight to use it all, and the zords end up looking like a Katamari Damasi game)
- Crucially, Power Rangers avoids the trap which most live-action shows fall into, of having props that are too awesome-looking. The gadgets the Rangers use are *exactly the same plastic tat* the kids can buy in the shop, meaning no disappointment when you open the box.
- And of course, the fact that every series starts afresh with a whole new set of Rangers (and a whole new set of tat) means the bucks just keep on rollin' in.

oh no, I understand that perfectly. But the fact that the show fulfills its purpose does not make it good. At it's current stage it's beyond cynical. Remember that most 80's and early 90's cartoons were also designed to sell toys but that did not prevent them from being good.

At this point, power rangers doesn't even deserve to be called a glorified commercial. The point when they took out collectible trading cards that apparently give them superpowers in the new series was the point when I realised just how jaded and cynical the series has become. Selling toys, as valid an objective as it is, should not be the only purpose of a series such as power rangers. There should be entertainment value in it as well.

So no, I do not think I'm missing the point of the series just because I suggested that it needs better writing. Which i does.

This... this could actually be okay. If they're smart about it, that is.

And I'm saying that as somebody who's never been particularly fond of the series.

Looking back at the show, I have grown to feel that the premise behind it (e.g. tech vs magic, teens with great potential growing into leadership roles, etc) was pretty solid, it just feels like it was held back by both the budget and the general attitude toward the genre and audience in the decade it was produced.

Just as long as they make the reboot more Whedonesque than the crappy "Bayhem" treatment TMNT and Transformers have received...

Johny_X2:

oh no, I understand that perfectly. But the fact that the show fulfills its purpose does not make it good. At it's current stage it's beyond cynical. Remember that most 80's and early 90's cartoons were also designed to sell toys but that did not prevent them from being good.

But did it prevent them from selling as many toys? Other toy lines have come and gone but Power Rangers has lasted an incredibly long time. Focusing on strong storytelling has a downside: eventually you run out of good stories. But they'll never run out of Power Rangers stories because they're always the same damn story.

Johny_X2:

At this point, power rangers doesn't even deserve to be called a glorified commercial. The point when they took out collectible trading cards that apparently give them superpowers in the new series was the point when I realised just how jaded and cynical the series has become. Selling toys, as valid an objective as it is, should not be the only purpose of a series such as power rangers. There should be entertainment value in it as well.

Well, obviously I agree, but I'm not sure where "should" comes into the equation! Ultimately, if people keep watching and buying the tat, they'll keep making them.

Oddly, I'm actually rather a fan of Power Rangers' mode of storytelling. Within the very rigid framework, they sometimes work much harder than you might expect. When my kids were into Dino Thunder, I watched most of it with them and thought it had some surprisingly good material, and Mystic Force wasn't too bad either. And then there was the one with the ninjas and the talking hamster, so there's that.

In all my years of being a fan of the series, I never thought I'd live to see the day where I hear this news and respond, "No...for the love of God, please don't."

Johny_X2:
what the power rangers series needs is less embarrassing writing and more self awareness.

The problem with trying to make a well written show out of Power Rangers is that nearly all of the fight scene footage comes directly from the Super Sentai series in Japan. So they are trying to create their own cohesive narrative while cutting and splicing to every different sets of footage together. It seems like they would be heavily constrained in what they could do. Even if they didn't want to do the trading card thing in Power Rangers, they didn't really have much of a choice.

Now the obvious solution would be to film it all themselves but I imagine the amount of money they save doing it this way is far more attractive than making a compelling show.

And I'm not going to defend Power Rangers as a "good" show, but it was definitely fun and exciting to watch as a kid. I'm pretty sure it's that basic principle that has kept it around for 20 years while so many other good kids shows have disappeared. Kids shows can be well written, but it seems the quality of the show rarely affects the shows popularity.

EDIT: Oops, messed up the quoting.

I freaking called it.

Just last week, I was talking with somebody and I told him that there WILL be a Power Rangers movie within the next five years. My logic was this: nostalgia pretty much has a timer on it, and that timer is twenty years (do you feel old yet?). The people who first grew up with the show are now probably running Hollywood, or at least have enough say to sell it to the big producers.

Whatever they do with the show should be interesting. Here is hoping that its a character driven kung fu action movie with only a few seconds of the Zord, but I'll take anything. After all, there is no way it could be worse than Power Rangers Turbo.

I want to see this happen. I'm too old to enjoy Power Rangers as a kids show. But I'm down for a live action movie that takes the concept more seriously. And it's a reboot of the original Power Rangers. I'm so down for that. When I was a kid, I used to be the Red Ranger. And I had all the toys. I'm guessing a lot of you played with Power Rangers with your friends during childhood.

dontscrewitupdontscrewitupdontscrewitup....

...Ah, crap. Michael Bay's gonna be involved, isn't he?

The Gentleman:
*sigh...* Can we not do this? Part of the charm of Power Rangers was its sheer campyness. Unless you're going to go for that, walk away from this project...

I wouldn't call it camp. It was closer to "so bad it's good."

Lizardon:
Does it really count as a reboot of the franchise if the franchise has been putting out a new installment almost every year since 1993?

I would say so, considering we've been rebooting comics that have been running more or less constantly since the sixties or seventies.

Fasckira:
If they can persuade Amy Jo Johnson (the original Pink Power Ranger) to be in it I will be delighted. Shes lovely. :)

I'm pretty sure it's going to be six Jason David Franks, two in dresses.

josemlopes:
Obviously they are going to fuck it up and make an unnecessarily serious reboot with a tacticool uniform like this:

Too colourful.

DrunkenElfMage:
I freaking called it.

You called something that's been talked about over the last 2-3 years?

It was a given. All we were missing was confirmation....

GOD. FUCKING. DAMNIT!

I wasn't really pissed about Michael Bay's transformers because, honestly, Transformers was before my time. It wasn't really my childhood that the movie industry was fucking with then, so I was able to enjoy them a bit more than the average fan.

But now we're starting to get into my childhood. HANDS FUCKING OFF, MOVIE INDUSTRY! HANDS FUCKING OFF! IF I SEE ANYONE REACH FOR THAT FORBIDDEN COOKIE, I WILL COLLECT YOUR FUCKING HANDS! GOT IT?

Next I'll be hearing about a Beast Wars gritty reboot by Michael Bay (now THAT was my Transformers, right there!).

EDIT: Of course, if they exhume the corpse Ivan Ooze and copy/paste the over-the-top personality from the first movie, we may be talking.

But this is HOllywood. Its gonna be "gritty", shoot for a Teen rating, and the characters will be one note, white, chiseled heroes. Fuck.

I don't have high hopes. Instead of staying with the fans who grew up with it, they just kept dumbing it down even further for the same age group it was originally for. The actors, the CGI or lack thereof, has just gotten worse progressively for several seasons.

Unless they make it more "adult", it's going to fail.

For a second there I thought they were talking about that dreadful grimdark fan film that's being slapped together, but this is almost as bad/good. Considering that my love for Power Rangers died after SPD, and the recent neo-Saban series have been absolutely wretched, any enjoyment I'm getting out of Power Rangers these days is purely ironic. I may end up watching it just to see if they miss the mark, which I have a feeling they will. Of course I may be surprised and see something that's on a par with a good season like Time Force, who knows. And if it does totally botch I can just rewatch Zyuranger, so no harm there.

It look like some members dream had come true (from the thread I made a week ago).

Still they got a tough job if they want to make it appealing outside of children demography.

Dear Entertainment Media:

Please make us some new things. We promise we like new things, even though we also like old things. Honestly, we prefer new things. New things are awesome.

--Morology!

Marter:

Dreadman75:
Seriously?! These are the movies you decide to cite as some of Lionsgate's best work? TWILIGHT OF ALL THINGS?! What is wrong with you? Saban, just saying this does not inspire confidence, especially if he wants a Power Rangers movie in the same vein as those listed above.

Sure it does.

Have you seen how much money Twilight's made? That's what these people are caring about in that statement. They're talking about the ability to market these types of films.

The one you should be picking on is Divergent, which did nowhere near the numbers of the other two (although it was still a success).

Unless they want to market towards the Twilight audience.

I look forward to the Pink Ranger/Putty/Crab monster romance triangle.

"There was something different about Reginald. The way the sun twinkled in his eyes, the way his claws gripped the cafeteria dinner tray. But surely he was too cool to notice me. I was just a clumsy, stunning, world famous superhero slash gymnast. I was literally invisible to him - Because his compound eye picked up colour at an abnormal wavelength."

"Hello" I said shyly.

**CLICK**CLICK**CLICK**CLICK**CLICK** he joked. His friends laughed in agreement. How cruel he could be to my delicate womanly needs.

Well...I'm happy, look on the brightside at least Lionsgate is a decent studio...

And lets hope we get some decently articulated Zord toys for once...

Hahaha sure, I hope it's good or whatever.

You know I'm actually surprised it took this long for this to happen.

As a twenty-something geek, I'm exactly the right age to have my nostalgia repackaged and resold like this. However, I suspect the movie will be one of thee things:

1) A bland, semi-decent but quickly-forgotten bit of action fluff.

2) Jaw-droppingly horrible. Full of bad writing, worse acting and the kind of 'humor' Saban favors. (I'm looking at you, Bulk and Skull/Spike)

3) Actually pretty good. Reasonable script, good effects, and a likable cast of charismatic young actors who can sell the audience on the glorious silliness that is Power Rangers.

I think Option #1 is the most likely outcome. I'll be pulling for #3, but I'm not holding my breath.

I think it's also worth mentioning that, for anyone interested in trying out the Japanese Super Sentai shows, we get several movies every year. They're smaller affairs, with production values a few notches above the weekly TV episodes, but they're always good, silly fun for kids and adult geeks who love multicolored, spandex-clad superheroes.

Okay, if we're really going to do this, I must set a few rules:

1) Give Trini a girl's costume, or give Kimberly a boy's costume. As a little kid, I always wondered why Trini didn't get a skirt. Of course, it wasn't until over a decade later that I found out the reason behind that, but still.

2) Do NOT turn Kimberly into 'that girl.' Do not make her smoking hot, or shallow, or mean, or an air head, or slutty, or anything else that seems to happen to so many female characters that get rebooted. The same goes for Trini, but I a less worried about her than Kimberly.

3) Get the actor who plays Tommy, Jeffery, to be in the movie. That man has fully embraced his legacy and he just rolls with it. He still appears in the new seasons from time to time from what I understand. Same thing for Bulk and Skull. Not new Bulk and Skull, but he original two guys.

4) Do not go for the gritty reboot. This is Might Morphin Power Rangers here. There is a certain childhood innocence that naturally goes with Power Rangers. Sucking that out will be like sucking out its very soul. You must find a way to balance that.

Follow these rules, and we'll see what we get.

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