Yep, they’re making a Power Rangers film. Now don’t laugh, but I’ve always thought that the TV series may have been rather good in its original format. In May, it was confirmed that the Power Rangers would be revived for a brand new movie by Lionsgate and Haim Saban. The new franchise will re-imagine the Power Rangers as a group of high school kids with unusual super powers, who must learn to harness their abilities as a group in order to save the world.
When the Americans got their hands on it, they cut out all the scenes showing the Japanese characters and replaced them with crappy US cast members. Executive producer Roberto Orci told IGN, when asked if there was a possibility for original cast cameos, replied:
“Of course. That’s something we want to rely on the Saban group to tell us. They have a lot of internal knowledge of their franchise and we’re just learning now. We’ve seen it only as fans, but they actually know it inside and out, so I’d love to know what fans want to see.”
Promising not to ruin the franchise, Orci said that the film would have a continuity within the Power Rangers world.
“It’s got a continuity within the world. I can’t tell you what, but it does have a continuity. We read through the synopsis of everything they did and we are actually taking into account quite a bit of the canon in a real way. We’re not just a leave-it-behind reboot. Saban cares very much about that.”
The film has enlisted X-Men: First Class‘s Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz as well as Roberto Orci [Star Trek, Transformers] as scriptwriters. I’m not a fan of Orci’s work but he could be ideal for this project. As for the film….could be fun.