Well… I woke up to some interesting news this morning: a new Mighty Morphin Power Rangers live action feature film is in the works. According to an announcement released today, Haim Saban (creator of MMPR/Saban Brands) has teamed with Lionsgate (The Hunger Games, Divergent, Twilight) to “re-envision the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.”
I am a little torn on how I feel about this re-envisioning. We have seen what can be done to ruin beloved series (re: Transformers, TMNT, etc) so I am experiencing a bit of trepidation, and I think such feelings are justified. This is a series I cherish and do not want to see it ruined. Yet I find myself excited. It has been almost 20 years since the Power Rangers were last in the theaters (Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie). Turbo’s predecessor, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995), was great for the time, but many super fans like me have wanted to see a modern version (For me, re: modern, not dark and gritty). As noted in the announcement, both Saban Brands and Lionsgate understand that “with an extensive and extremely devoted worldwide fan base as well as a deep and detailed mythology, the Power Rangers are primed for the big screen.”
This also feels a little bittersweet since I secretly hoped my script would be discovered, but that is beside the point.
The timing of the partnership, though, is not surprising considering we are on the heels of the 20th anniversary. Over the last year or so, Saban has built up the anniversary with the creation of the Power Force (a team of 20 people/groups hand-selected to promote the anniversary) and the build up to the return of many historic rangers in the current Power Rangers Super Megaforce season, it is understandable that Saban would move in this direction. And he seems quite content in doing so with Lionsgate.
“Lionsgate is the perfect home for elevating our Power Rangers brand to the next level,” said Saban. “They have the vision, marketing prowess and incredible track record in launching breakthrough hits from The Hunger Games to Twilight and Divergent. In partnership with the Lionsgate team, we’re con!dent 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.”
This statement begs one question: What will this re-envisioning entail? Will the movie fit within the canon of the series? Or will it be a complete reboot and retell the story? I’m anxious to know what Saban will do. My only hopes are that they do not go dark and gritty with MMPR. And that Saban files a restraining order against Michael Bay.
Let me know what you think about the news.
Can’t believe I didn’t think of this earlier, but who would you like to see cast as the Rangers?