Power Rangers fans went into a frenzy after the recent announcement that Bryan Cranston would be joining the cast of Lionsgate's reboot. The Breaking Bad actor will be portraying the disembodied galactic sage and mentor of the Rangers, Zordon of Eltar.
While some fans of the original '90s television show have expressed their concerns about the movie — which Lionsgate is ambitiously hoping to turn into a tentpole franchise to replace The Hunger Games — Cranston claims there's nothing to fear.
Despite voicing Snizard and Twin Man in the first season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Cranston revealed that he had initial concerns when considering returning to the universe.
In an interview with The Huffington Post, Cranston admits that his fears were quelled after reading the script and seeing how different it was from the original series.
"At first I was, to be honest with you, I was reticent to looking at the role because I remember the television series was kind of farcical and silly and ‘pow’ and ‘zow’ — weird movements and things like that. I was like, ‘Oh, OK.' I wasn’t really high on it until I talked to the producer and read the script and talked to the director. After that I went, ‘This is different.'"
Cranston compared the upcoming movie to Christopher Nolan's The Dark Night trilogy — a bold statement in itself. He also assured fans that this new franchise will be a far cry from the delightfully campy television show of our youth.
“This is as different a reimagining as the ‘Batman’ television series as it became the ‘Batman’ movie series. You can’t compare those two, and nor can you compare this movie version of the ‘Power Rangers’ to that television series. It’s unrecognizable for the most part. There are tenets of the folklore that you hold onto for sure, but the inspiration is different, and the sensibility of it, and the approach to the film making is completely different.”
Whether or not Power Rangers being "completely different" is a good thing still remains to be seen. But given Cranston's selective filmography since Breaking Bad's conclusion, it's evident that he is not choosing his works lightly.
With slightly less than a year until its release and limited promotional materials, the jury is still out on whether Power Rangers will deliver. There have been a handful of successful television to movie adaptations, and some not so much.
Here are five television shows turned movies that give us hope for the Power Rangers franchise:
TV Seasons: Four (original series)
Number Of Movies: Four released with one upcoming
Box Office Earnings: $1.32 billion
From an animated children's series to one of the most profitable film franchises of all time, the next Transformers never seems too far off. Transformers: The Last Knight is currently set for a June 23, 2017 release.
2. Star Trek
TV Seasons: 30
Number Of Movies: 12 released with one upcoming
Box Office Earnings: $1.24 billion
Star Trek has been around as a television series and a film franchise longer than many of us have even been alive. The next installment, Star Trek Beyond, will premiere this month at San Diego Comic-Con.
3. Charlie's Angels
TV Seasons: Five
Number Of Movies: Two
Box Office Earnings: $523.3 million
By the 2000s, the 1970s classic was ripe for the picking. With Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu as the leads, these three ass-kicking bombshells unsurprisingly brought in a cool $523 million over two movies.
4. 21 Jump Street
TV Seasons: Five
Number Of Movies: Two with one upcoming
Box Office Earnings: $201.5 million
21 Jump Street was pretty different from the original series and took a far more comedic route. This ended up paying off in spades as both the 2012 movie and its spinoff garnered positive reviews and became box office hits. What came as an even bigger surprise was the confirmation of a Men in Black and Jump Street crossover with James Bobin signed on to direct.
5. The Addams Family
TV Seasons: Two
Number Of Movies: Two
Box Office Earnings: $191.5 million
Okay, the Addams Family movies might not be the most popular series on this list, but the lives of the hilariously macabre family translated well to the silver screen.
As we can see, it's definitely not impossible to pull off a good film adaptation. Studios know they can't please everyone, so I appreciate them taking the potentially riskier route of changing things up a bit.
Plus, having actors like Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Banks are signed on leads me to be hopeful for the future of the Power Rangers franchise. Bring it on.
Power Rangers will be released in theaters on March 24, 2017.
Do you think the Power Rangers movies will be any good?
[Source: Huffington Post]