We can all agree that Power Rangers is a family-friendly show; the kind you watched as a kid over Lucky Charms while waiting for the school bus to arrive. Its non-offensive spandex suits and kick-ass action sequences were a hit with both kids and their parents, making it one of the most beloved TV shows of the 1990s. Now 2017 has gifted us with an updated reboot, but one which is likely to appeal to a similar crowd.
While fans of the insanely popular '90s franchise are gearing up to see their primary-colored heroes updated for the big screen, TV producer Adi Shankar revealed to Polygon that he is working on a complete retelling of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers — one that is going to be totally "f***ing dark:"
“It’s a complete retelling of the first three seasons, and it’s going to be really f**king dark. Darker than any other Power Rangers series.”
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Adi Shankar is one of the masterminds behind #Netflix's Castlevania reboot — an upcoming animated series based on the popular 1986 dark-fantasy video game of the name, which will apparently set the bar for video game to TV reboots. Shankar hopes that his next big project, an R-rated Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, will be the most violent version of the series to date.
Shankar has pegged his series as Power Rangers meets Dragon Ball Z — merging the characters and setting of the Rangers with the high-octane, cinematic battle sequences of DBZ. He also hopes to draw the series away from the monster-of-the-week format which has dominated the series so far, aiming for a linear series focusing essential story elements:
“If you look at what shows are like today, they’re long movies. It’s a format paradigm and I want to explore creating these types of new shows with Power Rangers. We’re going to focus on the beats of what made each show great and turn that into one, entirely new Power Rangers series.”
While the producer has yet to sell the show to any network, Shankar is eager to sell the concept to Netflix — the streaming site behind his Castlevania reboot:
“Netflix is doing what every other network should be doing. I’ve worked with almost every network and Netflix just gets it. The world we live in now has disrupted the idea of what entertainment is and Netflix gets it.”
Shankar already got the ball rolling in 2015, when he teamed up with filmmaker Joseph Kahn and made a live-action gritty short based on the Power Rangers franchise:
He has reportedly only just started writing Season 1 of his gritty reboot, but hopes to get the project off the ground within the next 18 months. Castlevania will be released on Netflix sometime in 2017, and will probably be your first port of call to get a feel for how dark Shankar is willing to go for his Power Rangers reboot. In the meantime, get your fix with Saban's Power Rangers, which hits theaters March 24, 2017.
Would you love to see an R-rated 'Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers' reboot?