If you were a kid in the nineties you probably remember the famous Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. For our younger readers who must be wondering what the heck we are talking about, it was a really popular superhero TV show about teenagers with special powers fighting monsters. Think of it as a less serious, less sophisticated, and somewhat cheesier version of Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim.
It’s basic premise was ridiculous, acting was hopeless, the dialog was ludicrous but we still friggin loved it. Even today we have a soft spot for it, largely encouraged by pure nostalgia rather than anything else.
A few months ago a group of filmmakers made an unauthorized short fan film called POWER/RANGERS (above). Since its popularity demonstrated that there was still a demand for super teens dressed in colourful costumes, Haim Saban, the father of the original version, decided to reboot it and make a feature film. None of the people involved in the making of the fan film will be involved, as the directing baton has been given to Dean Israelite, the director of Project Almanac.
It is now clear that the movie will be a reboot of the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and not the continuation of the current TV series. Some of the characters like Rita and Zordon will be reimagined, however, the makers have promised that the movie will not aim to become too serious and pretentious like the previously mentioned fan film. It will be more grounded than the original series, but still playful and fun, along the lines of Marvel’s The Avengers.
The casting decisions have already been made with Dacre Montgomery (The Red Ranger), Naomi Scott (The Pink Ranger), RJ Cyler (The Blue Ranger), Ludi Lin (The Black Ranger) and Becky Gomez (The Yellow Ranger) set to star. The movie will be released in 2017.