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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Wait...There's Going To Be a New Power Rangers Movie?

Image from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie

This is the first question I asked myself when I received an email announcing two new writers that have joined the upcoming movie. But wait, this was just hours after I heard about a Rainbow Brite reboot! A RAINBOW BRITE REBOOT! And now...a new POWER RANGERS MOVIE! I guess I can't be surprised, what with Scooby Doo, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Jem and the Holograms in the works. All we need now is a new My Little Pony movie and we can all just pretend it's 1989 again and go roller skating or something.

According to the press release, X-Men: First Class and Thor screenwriters Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz have just signed on to pen the new Power Rangers film for Lionsgate. Star Trek producer Roberto Orci has also been added as executive producer. Orci will develop the movie’s story along with Miller and Stentz, with the latter two handling screenwriting duties. Those of you who watched the original 90s TV series may remember that the show, formerly titled The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, centered on teams of young heroes and took much of its footage from the Japanese live-action show, Super Sentai.

This isn't the first time the franchise hit the big screen. The previous film, appropriately titled Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie came out in 1995, which in Hollywood time is about a hundred years ago. Here's what to expect from the upcoming movie:

The new movie promises to completely re-envision the Rangers, a 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.

On the bright side, for those of you who are skeptical of the reboot, the original franchise creator Haim Saban is one of the producers of the film, along with Allison Sheamur (The Hunger Games), so hopefully that means the essence of the original series will be retained. We'll have to wait and see once everything comes together. Of course, the biggest question will be: who will play the new version of the characters? Any thoughts on who you'd like cast in the film?

Leave your thoughts below.


Brittani Burnham said...

The first thing that came to my mind was "is the reboot going to be as subtly racist as the original?"

Daniel said...

Power Rangers, just never understood the interest to be honest but apparently there's a huge fan base.

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