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'Mighty Morphin Power Rangers' returns to theaters with movie reboot in 2016

Lionsgate announced that the movie reboot of the popular '90s action series, "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers," is set for release on July 22, 2016
Lionsgate announced that the movie reboot of the popular '90s action series, "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers," is set for release on July 22, 2016
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On August 14, the Los Angeles Times reported that Lions Gate Entertainment announced that the movie reboot of the classic '90s action-adventure television series, "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" is set to hit theaters on July 22, 2016. Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, who worked on the script for "X-Men: First Class," are set to reimagine the classic story of the first group of "teenagers with attitude," as they are given the power to morph into costumed warriors, trained to combat extraterrestrial forces that threaten the well being of the world, most of which occurs in their hometown of Angel Grove, CA.

The original "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers," the first series in the "Power Rangers" franchise, premiered on FOX television on Aug. 28, 1993 and ran for three seasons. During that time, ten different actors played one of the six Power Rangers, with two of them being played by martial artist and MMA fighter Jason David Frank, who played both the Green and White Power Ranger. These six teenagers battled the evil forces of both Rita Repulsa and Lord Zedd individually, before they were married and became a power couple in the third season.

While the actors learn how to practice martial arts for the series, a lot of the battle footage involving the Rangers in costume and the battles between the Megazords and various monsters was actually stock footage from the popular Japanese television show, “Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger,” which was in its’ sixteenth season when “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” premiered in the United States. The English actors who played the Rangers out of costume in the series recorded the dialogue for the many memorable battles throughout the series.

This will be the third time “Power Rangers” have morphed onto the big screen. Their first movie, “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie,” hit theaters on June 30, 1995 and grossed over $66 million worldwide, despite mixed reviews. Their second movie, “Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie,” premiered on March 28, 1997, and only grossed about $9.6 million. Lionsgate is hoping that this reboot with turn into the next big movie franchise, following in the footsteps of “The Hunger Games” and “Twilight.”