There will be a Power Rangers movie coming to theaters on July 22, 2016. That much is certain. Whether you think the idea sounds preposterous or if this news is greeted with a warm sense of nostalgia, that insanely popular kids television show from the 90s is plotting its return to capture the hearts and minds of another generation of kids.
Rebooting the Power Rangers Legacy
The Lionsgate studio has been working diligently lately to put a team together to tell the origin tale of a group of teenagers who are plucked from obscurity by an interstellar deity named Zordon as the chosen ones to save the world from Rita Repulsa, the evil alien witch who wants to take over Earth with the help of her minions like Goldar, Baboo and Squat. It's a tale as old as time itself.
Since many of these battles between the Power Rangers and the world dominating plans of Repulsa, and her eventual partner Lord Zedd, force the Power Rangers to team up Voltron-style and morph into a large battle machine called a Zord to take out a giant monster of some kind, movies like Pacific Rim and Godzilla may have proven to Lionsgate that nows the time to strike on another Power Rangers movie.
Not that this world has ever really left the small screens - there has been some version of Power Rangers on television in some form or another since the early 90s with the most recent incarnation being Power Rangers Dino Charge. Truly, there is no end to world saving duties that befall the Power Rangers. This Zordon guy is always looking for help.
Power Rangers Pick Up Thor & X-Men Writers
There have been some interesting moves along the pre-production path to this new Power Rangers movie. When it started early last year, Lionsgate was able to bring Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz on board to write a script that would reboot the story. Miller and Stentz were writers for the television show Fringe as well as scripting the first Thor movie and X-Men: First Class. It's almost enough to make you think that this reboot could rise above the pre-teen target audience that has been the bread and butter of the Power Rangers the past couple decades.
Most recently there has been news that the movie may have found its director in Project Almanac's Dean Israelite. This move makes sense as Project Almanac has some Power Rangers similarities in it being about a group of teenagers to find themselves getting involved in some wild sci-fi situations. All you have to do is switch out the time travel element of Project Almanac with intergallactic battles involving freaky space warthogs and colorful spandex suits and you're all set.
A New Generation of Power Rangers
It's expected that the Power Rangers movie will follow along the lines of another recent 90's reboot, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and stay true to it's kid friendly roots. This may come as sad news to fans of the recent James Van der Beek and Katee Sackhoff Power/Rangers YouTube sensation that proved there could be an audience for a mature take on the Power Rangers. After all, the fans who grew up with the original series in the early 1990's are certainly at the right age now for a grittier take on the material.
What do you think? Are you looking forward to the Power Rangers movie? Were you a fan of the television show? Do you think the writers and director attached to the movie will rise above the Power Ranger's humble beginnings? Take to the comments section!