It's Morphin' Time: Lionsgate & Saban Team for New 'Power Rangers'
by Ethan Anderton
May 7, 2014
It's been 17 years since any form of the always changing Power Rangers have hit the big screen. The original American TV series adaptation of the Japanese live-action action adventure series Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger was a mind-blowing success in the 90s, becoming a pop culture sensation in no time. And when something is that popular, it heads to the big screen and became Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie in 1995 and was followed two years later by the new iteration of the heroes in Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie. Now Lionsgate and Saban Brands are teaming for a new live-action Power Rangers film.
The two companies made the announcement today revealing the the feature film will "re-envision" the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. For those who aren't children of the 90s or haven't seen any of the 17 different themed versions of the characters on television, every series follows group of high school kids who are infused with unique and cool super powers but must harness and use those powers as a team if they have any hope of saving the world. They fight weird alien beings with their array of special weapons and giant vehicles, making this a prime property to sell even more toys, comics, video games and more.
Power Rangers has been a staple of children's entertainment since it blew up in the 90s, despite some controversy about the action being a little too lviolent for kids (it's cartoonish action though really). What's crazy is that when America finally decided to adapt the original series, it was actually the 16th installment of Bandai Visual and Toei Company's Super Sentai franchise. And it was cheap to produce, because it used stock footage of the show from Japan for everything, with the exception of the footage where we saw the Power Rangers as normal high school students outside of their Power Ranger suits.
The thought of a new live-action Power Rangers movie isn't surprising, and frankly, we can't believe it took this long for a film studio to jump on board. The question is whether or not this will be something that has a gritty, reboot edge to it like most properties that have been turned into feature films over the past decade or so, or if it will be tailor made for young audiences. Either Way, Lionsgate thinks they have a valuable property that can keep up with their successful franchises like The Hunger Games. We'll see if the audience wants the big screen Power Rangers soon enough. Thoughts?