Looks like the Power Rangers are making a big comeback. Despite the fact that the Power Rangers have never left television, and they still pull in regular viewers, there hasn’t been a plan to make a follow up to their original 1995 film Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie. Cast members have entered and exited the series, and other shows have spawned from the original, but the Power Rangers have always remained a generational favorite.
Lionsgate announced that there’s a deal in place to reboot a Power Rangers live action film.
According to The Wrap, Haim Saban, the television proprietor said in a statement:
“Lionsgate is the perfect home for elevating our Power Rangers brand to the next level. 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.”
Meanwhile, Lionsgate’s CEO Jon Feltheimer said of the Power Rangers film reboot:
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Haim Saban and his team to maximize the potential of this immensely successful and universally recognized franchise. 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.”
This isn’t the only Mighty Morphin Power Rangers film. Aside from the original film, in 1997 Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie was released but this will be the first time the Power Rangers are being reinvested in as a franchise.
According to the press release:
“The new film franchise will re-envision the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, a group of high school kids who are infused with unique and cool super powers but must harness and use those powers as a team if they have any hope of saving the world.”
Saban should know a thing or two about the franchise as he produced Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie back in 1995 which featured the original cast member of the television series Amy Jo Johnson, David Yost, Johnny Yong Bosch, Karen Ashley, Steve Cardenas and Jason David Frank.
At the time the film was a box office bomb and earned $66 million worldwide but soon became a cult favorite for Power Ranger fans. In addition to the 1995 film Saban also produced 1997′s Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie. The second release grossed $9 million worldwide.
Hopefully the new reboot will fare better.
[Image Credit: Buena Vista Television]