A Power-Ranger Movie: Yes Please!
So, there is a rumor going around that Saban is in talks with Jason David Frankto star in his own Green Ranger movie. For those of you who have lived in a pineapple under the sea for 20 years, Jason David Frank is the most popular ex-power ranger of all time. He has been a green, a white, a red, and a black ranger. He came on the scene as Tommy Oliver, the new kid at Angel Grove High. Since he was a stud at karate and all the AGHS girls i.e. Kimberly, were head over heels for him, Rita decided to use him against the rangers making him the first evil ranger.
Of course being the morally high standing show that it was, Rita's spell over him was broken but when he became a good ranger he lost his powers. (Nice lesson for the kiddies.) Long story short, the rangers needed his awesomeness so Zordon and Alpha crated the white ranger. As Tommy, JDF ranger career spanned 5 incarnations of the power ranger series including Zeo, Turbo, and DinoThunder and he will be making an appearance in the current season, Mega Force as Tommy, "the most awesome ranger ever" in a special reunion episode. Yes, the episode that blue ranger Billy wasn't invited to. Haha.
Any-who, Frank spoke with complex.com this past August about 20 years of power ranger bliss and mentioned his hopes to make a movie happen saying:
"I'm talking to Saban about making a PG-13 Green Ranger movie. It's just a matter of Saban stepping behind it. I was an X-Men fan growing up; I loved Wolverine. I feel like the Green Ranger can step outside the box and be like the Wolverine of Power Rangers."
I guess the real question is would people actually go out and see it? This wouldn't be the first time Saban had released a movie on the big screen. Back in 1995 MMPR: The Movie was released and made about $66.4 million world wide and their second release Turbo: A Power Ranger Movie, released in 1997 just barely broke the $9 million mark. Of course I saw both movies and was so moved by the story, then again I was only 9 when the second movie came out. It's true that the show does have a special charm and it is partly because of the Japanese super sentai footage which the American made movies opted out of. Again I am all for a green ranger solo movie. I can't imagine a PG-13 power ranger though. An occasional swear word and a bar fight, oh and the age old question of spandex suit versus the armor like suits worn in the first movie. Oh yeah and seeing this almost forty year old playing his flute-dagger, now THAT would be awesome. I say for nostalgia's sake lets make this movie but really, it's not practical. (Unless Kimberly returns) Then we'd get our first ranger love scene.