The inevitable is about to happen. Haim Saban, creator and producer of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, announced yesterday that Lionsgate Films would be producing a big screen reboot of the nearly 20 year old franchise. This move should come as no surprise to those who follow the doings of Hollywood. The recent trend has been rebooting or reinventing franchises in order to produce new films (and revenue from existing fanbases). After the announcement, Saban stated that the move to Lionsgate was a strategic move, given their recent blockbuster track record. In an interview with The Wrap, Saban said, “Lionsgate is the perfect home for elevating our Power Rangers brand to the next level.”
“They have the vision, marketing prowess and incredible track record in launching breakthrough hits from ‘The Hunger Games’ to ‘Twilight’ and ‘Divergent,’” continues Saban in the interview. “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.”
Other than the announcement of a new film, there was no other information given about who may be the director, writer, what’s the plot, or when’s the release date for the film. But, this announcement may have something to do with Saban’s recent purchasing back of the rights to the Power Rangers. When Saban sold Fox Family Worldwide in 2001 to the Walt Disney Corporation, all the rights to the Power Rangers went with it. Power Ranger reruns and shows all but disappeared from television by 2010. That was when Saban purchased back the rights to the Power Rangers and started a new broadcast partnership with Nickelodeon that will last well into 2016.
As for my on the upcoming film, I hope they go in a new and more serious direction with it. I could imagine a story that is both tragedy and triumph; funny and serious. My hope is that they do something in the same vein of, for example, the 11th Doctor from Doctor Who. During that series, when things were funny, they were funny. But, when things got serious or emotional, it got really heavy. The characters should be quirky, but real in the same hand. And, finally, they should somehow incorporate the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (those who are left, and willing to join) to basically pass the torch to the new generation.
And for godsake, unless they’re wearing metal suits, no random spark showers, please?
All I’m saying is that I’ve thought about this for a while now, and I’ve got a few ideas. I also have the movie credits to back it up, you see. Many moons ago, I made a Power Rangers home video with a neighborhood friend where we battled a grill, a garden hose, and the constant interruptions from his parents about Free Willy being on the TV. All I’m saying is that I have the chops to tackle the world’s greatest teenage heroes, and Saban should let me do it.
You hear me, Saban?
Be sure to check back soon. As new information comes to light about the project, I’ll be sure to run some update. Until next time…