You know what time it is? “It’s Morphin Time!”
Well it was bound to happen sooner or later. Several toy properties are becoming live action motion pictures such as “Transformers,” “GI Joe,” and the upcoming reboot of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” which opens this summer. There are so many properties to choose from, but the one question that has been in the back of everyone’s mind has been, “What if they made a real Power Rangers movie?” Well your wish is now coming true.
Superhero Hype reports today that the studio that’s behind franchise hits like “The Hunger Games,” “Twilight,” and their newest hit “Divergent” will partner up with Saban Brands to reboot the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.” Now for those who don’t even know about the Power Rangers or just know of them because your kids watched the series at some point in their lives, here’s a very quick background. Evil space aliens escape from a dumpster in space and decided to conquer the earth. Another alien being decided to protect the planet by choosing five ordinary teenagers with “bad attitudes.” Long story short, they harness the power of dinosaurs and transform into a colorful spandex-clad team known as the “POWER RANGERS!!!”
A very simple concept, but during the 90's it worked. The series debuted back in August of 1993. What started as just a test run series became a huge phenomenon that had kids and parents traveling to different toy stores to find their favorite ranger. The series has been running for 20 years with multiple different ranger teams, but it's the original five members that started it all and will forever be in the hearts of the kids of the 90’s.
Haim Saban, the man behind the ‘Power Rangers’ talks about the excitement of the future movie project and the involvement of Lionsgate.
"Lionsgate is the perfect home for elevating our Power Rangers brand to the next level," said Saban. "They have the vision, marketing prowess and incredible track record in launching breakthrough hits from 'The Hunger Games' to 'Twilight' and 'Divergent.' In partnership with the Lionsgate team, we're confident that we will capture the world of the Power Rangers and translate it into a unique and memorable motion picture phenomenon with a legacy all its own."
Lionsgate’s Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer also shared his thoughts and feelings about bringing the world of the rangers to life in a brand-new, re-envisioned way.
"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. We have the ideal partner and the perfect brand with which to create a motion picture event that will resonate with moviegoers around the world for years to come."
The Power Rangers have a very strong fan base. In fact, they even have their own convention for the fans to meet some of the cast members from numerous seasons. But for the people who grew up with the original series and occasionally whistle the memorable Green Ranger’s dragon flute tune around friends, family, husband and wife… they all know what you’re talking about and hum the contagious theme song “Go Go Power Rangers.”
This isn’t the first time the rangers tackled the big screen. Fox released “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie” in 1995 and a sequel “Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie” in 1997. Fans are already expressing their excitement for the news. Some feel that they may have some potential if it’s done right. Are you ready to see Jason, Zack, Billy, Trini and Kimberly face off against evil on the big screen? Who will they cast to play these iconic roles? Will the Green Ranger be in the sequel? Look on the bright side: we’ll finally get a chance to know the characters personally instead of the cut and dry basic personalities. Don’t worry kids of the 80's, you’ll get a “Voltron” movie one of these days.