Power Rangers used to be the coolest. Dudes in suits fighting monsters and commanding mechwarriors. Every kid loved that. So much so that those kids have grown up and decided this would be the latest property from their childhood to squeeze money out of on account of them being unimaginative little nitwits.
Lionsgate and Saban Brands are partnering to develop the series into a film franchise ala Twilight, The Hunger Games and Divergent.
The new film franchise is aimed at re-envisioning the Rangers, a group of teenagers chosen to protect the world from a group of alien invaders. The Rangers have the ability to “morph” into superheroes and pilot giant robots.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Haim Saban and his team to maximize the potential of this immensely successful and universally recognized franchise,” said Feltheimer. “The Power Rangers stories and characters have been embraced by generations of audiences for more than 20 years, and today they are more powerful than ever.”
While the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers tv series started in 1993 in the US, they existed in different forms long before that. And they were slightly darker than they are now. I distinctly remember seeing an Asian Power Rangers episode where they were chasing around a flying monster that clung to trees and peed on them. So, if Lionsgate and Saban can make a film version like that, that’d be fantastic.
Note: It might have been Super Sentai I was thinking of.