It's morphin time!
It has just been announced that Lionsgate is partnering with Saban to bring the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, AKA the ultimate 90s childhood nostalgia trip, back to the big screen.
(Pause so that MMPR fans, myself included, can collect their jaws off the floor and suppress their involuntary outbursts of pure glee)
Although for many fans it holds primarily nostalgic appeal, evoking memories of Saturday mornings lying on grandma's couch slurping down choco puffs, the fact is that the concept definitely has mainstream potential. The show centers around a group of teenagers who receive supernatural fighting abilities, extremely cool/goofy ninja outfits (see above) and big Jaeger-style robots to fight off alien invaders. I don't know about you, but personally I'd love to see a serious, big-budget production of that concept, while still retaining some of the silly charm that made it so endearing. There has never been a better time to make this happen either, for the following reasons
1. Geek is chic
This is the golden age of filmmakers who know their craft but also have genuine affection for comic book and other 'fringe' source material. Sam Raimi, Peter Jackson and Joss Whedon, to name just a few, are basically huge geeks that also happen to be talented, visionary directors and writers, and they have no qualms about throwing themselves at projects that more 'artistic' directors would shy away from. Lionsgate should have no problem finding a similarly talented director who loved Power Rangers but also proved him or herself on more mainstream projects.