Some may say the franchise's influence is dwindling, but that doesn't ring true for this writer here! Especially now that more and more information regarding 2017's Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers reboot is beginning to appear online.
And today's little tidbit comes in the shape of some very detailed character descriptions of the "teenagers with attitude," that Collider managed to get their eager hands on. And, seriously, the descriptions are pretty awesome, if I may say so myself.
You'll be rather pleased to hear that the origin story will have a fairly serious tone, with the characters being full of existential worries and doubts about their own individual strengths. Plus the 5 now have fully realized back stories, that feel real enough to create some interesting contrasts and conflicts in the team, when they will inevitably arise in the movie.
Anyways, enough talk. Allow me to introduce the...
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers
17 years old, the makings of someone or something great if he would just get out of his own way. Jason was a legend of this town—a freshman quarterback with the skills to take him all the way. People knew his name. Children wore his jersey. Until, one night Jason wrapped his car around a pole and busted out his knee.
Everything Jason was going to become ended in an instant. And with it, he lost himself. When we meet him at the start of the film, he’s a kid in need of redemption. By the end, he’ll be leading this disparate group of teens to shed their individual baggage and find who they truly are.
17 years old, unconventionally cool all in a way the popular girls wish they were. In fact, she was one of those girls, but isn’t anymore. Not since she’s returned to school after an absence of 6 months.
Rumors are flying as to why; rumors she seems not to care about, because she’s come back with this new rebel-without-a-cause, edgy attitude. But the truth is, it’s all masking a deep secret that makes her feel profoundly vulnerable.
17 years old, mysterious and extremely bright. Her parents constantly move for work, making Trini the perpetual new girl to any school. A loner who owns it, Trini is self-sufficient, contemplative, but always observant. All she wants is to find her gang of friends, but she’ll never admit it – least of all to herself.
17 years old, slight and awkward. Billy is challenged in his abilities to communicate and interact socially. Whip-smart and sweet, but always odd. Sometimes in a fun way, sometimes not, Billy is a kid with no filter.
Showing his emotions, understanding sarcasm, and dealing with his OCD is a constant challenge. Has never really had any friends and instantly gravitates towards Jason.
17 years old, always the life of the party. Filled with bravado and swagger, Zack’s tough and cool on the exterior. A charming guy who’s never had trouble with the one-liner, nor lacked confidence around women.
A great athlete that’s never wanted to play on any team but his own. Zack advertises everything about himself, except the truth, which is that he lives in a trailer park with his single mom, and because of it, feels deeply inferior to all his peers.
What did you guys make of those?
Here's hoping the script - penned by Burk Sharpless, Matt Sazama (The Last Witch Hunter) and rewritten by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (Thor) - stays true to these thrilling descriptions. I say that mainly because, as much as I love 'em, the original characters were as thin as papyrus floating on the Pacific Ocean.
But with all that being said, when are they going to release info about the Zords?!
The Mighty Morphin' reboot will be exploding onto screens on January 13th, 2017.