Jason, Kimberly, Zack, Billy and Trini are finally here to kick some putty-butt. #PowerRanger hits theaters this week, and judging from critical reception, it seems to be the successful start of the franchise Saban and Lionsgate were hoping for. When a franchise begins, especially in today's era of superhero movies, it's common for studios to not have a concrete plan of where they want to go.
But fortunately for diehard Power Rangers fans or just curious people who want to see where the property could go after this, Lionsgate has got you covered with a very long story arc. That's right. Speaking to Variety, the owner of the Power Rangers brand, Haim Saban, revealed just how many movies they have planned for our rotating roster of teenagers with attitude:
“We already have a six-movie story arc.”
This echoes Lionsgate's announcement last year of planning "five, six or seven" Power Rangers movies. Still, don't take these five sequels for granted. According to Saban, they are waiting to see how this film does financially before moving on in their enormous plan:
"If this film is as successful as I hope on March 24, on March 25 we’ll have the first story meeting for Movie No. 2.”
For non-fans of the brand, six movies for a storyline that's based on a children's TV show might understandably seem like a lot. But there's something to consider...
Power Rangers Has A Lot Of Source Material To Pull From
Power Rangers is one of the longest-running TV series of recent memory, with over 20 seasons of Zord-punching action. Trying to figure out where the film side of the franchise could go taking into consideration all of those years worth of storylines would be a bit... well, crazy. Fortunately, we won't have to delve into that, because it might not be so hard to pinpoint just where the filmmakers will be looking for inspiration.
Power Rangers: Time Force became the last generation under Saban's leadership, as Disney purchased the franchise in 2001. The studio owned it until 2010, and created nine new versions of the heroes, before Saban reacquired the brand. And turns out that Haim Saban is not a fan of where the studio took the franchise:
“I monitored from a distance what they were doing. I think Disney never really got its arms around the value of the franchise.”
So, while we can't say he won't touch on those nine years of mythology he wasn't in charge of, it's easy to see he'd rather focus on the things he was involved in. The generations that happened under his watch were:
- Might Morphin' Power Rangers
- Mighty Morphin' Alien Rangers
- Power Rangers: Zeo
- Power Rangers In Space
- Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy
- Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue
- Power Rangers: Time Force
So, it's highly likely future filmmakers will primarily take inspiration from any of those seven seasons for the next few years of movies. The good thing is that there's more than enough material. In fact, by Zeo, we had already seen a full arc for our initial five heroes.
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Therefore, while six movies might sound like too many, there's a great potential for the franchise to continue for years to come without going stale. Still, it's very smart that Lionsgate and Saban are waiting to see how the first movie is received before officially scheduling half a dozen more adventures.
As fans, we can only hope that if the franchise succeeds, potential future films' storylines will be treated with the same thought and care as the business side of things.