By: Adam Basciano
Two live action movies and countless seasons of television, and the Power Rangers franchise has hit its 20th anniversary. I saw it from the start in 1993, when Mighty Morphin Power Rangers first aired. First, the Red Ranger was my favourite, and then came the character of Tommy Oliver, the Green Ranger. My allegiances shifted back and forth between the two. One thing that was constant was my crush on Kimberly the Pink Ranger, played by Amy Jo Johnson. I’m sorry but if you were a heterosexual boy in 1993 you had a crush on this character and the woman who played her. That, the excentric villains, the martial arts fighting, and the Megazord in battle mode had me transfixed. In addition to another season of live action television beginning February 7 2015, the Power Rangers are headed back to the big screen.
“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.” That’s what Lionsgate and Saban said when they made the announcement. Roberto Orci was set to executive produce, but left the project to direct Star Trek 3. He is no longer working on either project. While no director or actors have been announced, we do have writers and a release date. “The upcoming movie being developed by Lionsgate and rights holder Saban Brands will be scripted by X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz.” The writing duo that brought us the movie that re-invigorated the X-Men franchise from a quality standpoint. You’d have to be slightly crazy not to be on board with this selection. The film is currently scheduled for release on July 22, 2016. According to the Green/White Ranger himself, Jason David Frank, all is going smoothly and according to plan. “We’re definitely not in a holding pattern. The movie is definitely set for this year. Everything is in place. They won’t give me specific details because it’s all like hush-hush.” Will the original cast have cameo’s? Who will play the Power Rangers themselves? And who will sit in the directors chair? With filming likely to begin sometime later this year, we’ll find out soon…
(Sources: Lionsgate, The Hollywood Reporter, Cinema Blend)