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02.24.2015

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DREDD and THE GREY producer Adi Shankar has released another one of his "bootleg" fan films. This time it's a badass 14-minute short based on the Power Rangers franchise, directed by Joseph Kahn (DETENTION, TORQUE) and starring James Van Der Beek and Katee Sackhoff. Before checking it out though, you should know Kahn isn't involved with the planned reboot, and you might want to be careful where you watch the video since it's NSFW.

It's morphin' time!

POWER/RANGERS from Joseph Kahn on Vimeo.

So why did Joseph Kahn create this "deboot" (his words) of the Power Rangers? Here's some details on the project and Kahn's thoughts on directing a Power Rangers feature film from his conversation with HitFix.

It started because I was bored, quite frankly. I only make a narrative feature film of any sort like once every five years or something like that. So I was going to make a science-fiction film, and at the same time, I was meeting with Adi Shankar.

Shankar had done some fan films, he called them bootlegs, of 'Punisher' and Venom. And he said, 'If you're going to do this, I'll let you reboot an actual property that people are going to pay attention to.' And honestly, I'm not really into fan films at all. Two of the worst types of filmmaking out there that are not credible to filmmakers… one is porn and the other is fan films. So the minute that he pitched me into doing this, I thought, 'Okay, well, that sounds like fun actually. If it's that… completely without credibility… then that's something I could really get my hands around and see if I could do something new with it.

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I think the trick that I really wanted to do with this was to make that dark and gritty version that everybody keeps talking about, but really do it. Really see if I could totally accomplish it with essentially a really incredible incredibly silly property.

The irony here is that I wouldn't even want to make "Power Rangers: The Movie' for real. Like if I had to make a 'Power Rangers' movie, this is it. It's 14 minutes long and it's violent and this is what I have in me. If they offered me the 200 million version, the PG-13 version, I literally wouldn't do it. It's just not interesting to me.

I don't think we need (or will ever get) a full-length, R-rated Power Rangers flick, but I'm very glad this awesome short exists.

Power Rangers Joseph Kahn James Van Der Beek Katee Sackhoff

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10:36AM on 02/25/2015
To be honest never watched Power Rangers as a kid and I'm too old now to think it's not silly but this was completley awesome! First off all it had better production values than some feature films and the acting was pretty solid. The only I could have done without was that transformation at the end. I would totally watch an entire film, or series of films, set in this world.
To be honest never watched Power Rangers as a kid and I'm too old now to think it's not silly but this was completley awesome! First off all it had better production values than some feature films and the acting was pretty solid. The only I could have done without was that transformation at the end. I would totally watch an entire film, or series of films, set in this world.
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1:46AM on 02/25/2015

what happened to Zordon?

i may have missed it. given the rest of the characters, he was probably framed for child molestation and then shived in prison.
i may have missed it. given the rest of the characters, he was probably framed for child molestation and then shived in prison.
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1:42AM on 02/25/2015

The BEEEEEEEEEEKKKKKK!

I love how Van der Beek pulls a Dark Knight Rises Bane with his vest. Total baller move.
I love how Van der Beek pulls a Dark Knight Rises Bane with his vest. Total baller move.
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9:33PM on 02/24/2015
This was enjoyable the way MK Rebirth was. Its great to see a non cannon short take on what a "realistic" version of the universe could be. Would I ever want to see this on the big screen, I'm not sure about that, but this was 15 minutes well spent. And the production values were seriously impressive considering it was only a short. Hell some movies don't come close to what was accomplished here.
This was enjoyable the way MK Rebirth was. Its great to see a non cannon short take on what a "realistic" version of the universe could be. Would I ever want to see this on the big screen, I'm not sure about that, but this was 15 minutes well spent. And the production values were seriously impressive considering it was only a short. Hell some movies don't come close to what was accomplished here.
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6:34PM on 02/24/2015
That's pretty fun as a short film, so mission accomplished.
This would be a half decent (non Power Rangers) tv series in all fairness. Something with robots, martial arts and over the top gunplay would be great stuff.
That's pretty fun as a short film, so mission accomplished.
This would be a half decent (non Power Rangers) tv series in all fairness. Something with robots, martial arts and over the top gunplay would be great stuff.
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4:45PM on 02/24/2015
I love that it's not only a badass take on what might have happened to the original team after they grew up, but it stayed accurate to the canon of the first series as well. Who even remembers the Machine Empire?!
I love that it's not only a badass take on what might have happened to the original team after they grew up, but it stayed accurate to the canon of the first series as well. Who even remembers the Machine Empire?!
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2:34PM on 02/24/2015

badass

I'll have what Cate88 is having.

It was an awesome take. if a movie is going to be made, then make it for its original fans. Yeah maybe it doesn't need to be completely bloody, but let them say a curse word for Christ sake, rough them up. Power rangers doesn't need to be realistic, it needs to be aimed towards the fans that made it so popular...the 20-30 something year old fanbase. Idk. That's my Opinion tho.
I'll have what Cate88 is having.

It was an awesome take. if a movie is going to be made, then make it for its original fans. Yeah maybe it doesn't need to be completely bloody, but let them say a curse word for Christ sake, rough them up. Power rangers doesn't need to be realistic, it needs to be aimed towards the fans that made it so popular...the 20-30 something year old fanbase. Idk. That's my Opinion tho.
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2:33PM on 02/24/2015

badass

I'll have what Cate88 is having.

It was an awesome take. if a movie is going to be made, then make it for its original fans. Yeah maybe it doesn't need to be completely bloody, but let them say a curse word for Christ sake, rough them up. Power rangers doesn't need to be realistic, it needs to be aimed towards the fans that made it so popular...the 20-30 something year old fanbase. Idk. That's my Opinion tho.
I'll have what Cate88 is having.

It was an awesome take. if a movie is going to be made, then make it for its original fans. Yeah maybe it doesn't need to be completely bloody, but let them say a curse word for Christ sake, rough them up. Power rangers doesn't need to be realistic, it needs to be aimed towards the fans that made it so popular...the 20-30 something year old fanbase. Idk. That's my Opinion tho.
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2:23PM on 02/24/2015
Only someone like Joseph Kahn would make a Power Rangers movie like this. It reminds me of the Mortal Kombat webisodes, but instead of paying homage he's demolishing the goody-two-shoes world of the Rangers, which frankly needed to happen at some point. I'm not advocating for a feature-length Rangers-gone-bad movie, but I'm sure kids who become Power Rangers would grow up to be pretty fucked-up individuals. And liked the references to real-life with Billy and Trini.
Only someone like Joseph Kahn would make a Power Rangers movie like this. It reminds me of the Mortal Kombat webisodes, but instead of paying homage he's demolishing the goody-two-shoes world of the Rangers, which frankly needed to happen at some point. I'm not advocating for a feature-length Rangers-gone-bad movie, but I'm sure kids who become Power Rangers would grow up to be pretty fucked-up individuals. And liked the references to real-life with Billy and Trini.
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8:07PM on 02/24/2015
Dont forget the reference to Zack. That scene were he flipped off that dude, well the actor only had nine fingers, just wasnt mentioned on the show.
Dont forget the reference to Zack. That scene were he flipped off that dude, well the actor only had nine fingers, just wasnt mentioned on the show.
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2:04PM on 02/24/2015

Loved it!

It's funny how many people don't seem to realize this is a satire, even when it's explicitly stated by the director:

"The joke isn't that you're laughing at each particular scene; the joke is that we did this 'fuck you' thing in the first place."
It's funny how many people don't seem to realize this is a satire, even when it's explicitly stated by the director:

"The joke isn't that you're laughing at each particular scene; the joke is that we did this 'fuck you' thing in the first place."
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1:01PM on 02/24/2015

Meh..

An interesting take, but really didn't do anything for me. Have always hated those helmets with the fake mouths.
An interesting take, but really didn't do anything for me. Have always hated those helmets with the fake mouths.
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12:55PM on 02/24/2015

Awesome

Overall enjoyed it, but there's only one Tommy Oliver in my book
Overall enjoyed it, but there's only one Tommy Oliver in my book
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12:53PM on 02/24/2015

that was fun

was too old to get into power rangers back in the day so didnt get who was who but really enjoyed this for what it was. Ive liked all of Shankar's bootlegs asides from the 'Dredd' one, that property deserved something more along these lines.
was too old to get into power rangers back in the day so didnt get who was who but really enjoyed this for what it was. Ive liked all of Shankar's bootlegs asides from the 'Dredd' one, that property deserved something more along these lines.
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12:25PM on 02/24/2015

This was dumb.

This isn't Power Rangers. Why are they using machine guns and artillery?

It totally misses every aspect of what made Power Rangers great. This gritty look on PR is just sad and unwatchable. It sucked.
This isn't Power Rangers. Why are they using machine guns and artillery?

It totally misses every aspect of what made Power Rangers great. This gritty look on PR is just sad and unwatchable. It sucked.
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1:53PM on 02/24/2015
man, I think you should find a new hobby man. All you ever do is complain and complain about absolutely everything. Clearly film/movies/cinema is not your thing. At least Soloist holds alot of optimism and I have infinitely more respect for him than you. I think everyone does. Good day Sir.
man, I think you should find a new hobby man. All you ever do is complain and complain about absolutely everything. Clearly film/movies/cinema is not your thing. At least Soloist holds alot of optimism and I have infinitely more respect for him than you. I think everyone does. Good day Sir.
1:13AM on 02/25/2015
@Masterdebator88, I completely agree with you. It completely destroys everything that made Power Rangers what it was. The whole "we have to make everything dark and depressing" is getting old really fast.
@Masterdebator88, I completely agree with you. It completely destroys everything that made Power Rangers what it was. The whole "we have to make everything dark and depressing" is getting old really fast.
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11:13AM on 02/24/2015

OMG!!

OMG how stupid, you can't make power rangers cool i'm sorry. They make everything "dark and gritty" but they still wear them stupid ass horse jockey looking costumes? Hahaha and by the way go back to the creek Dawson!!
OMG how stupid, you can't make power rangers cool i'm sorry. They make everything "dark and gritty" but they still wear them stupid ass horse jockey looking costumes? Hahaha and by the way go back to the creek Dawson!!
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10:50AM on 02/24/2015
that was awesome.
that was awesome.
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10:49AM on 02/24/2015

YESSSSS

Oh my God. Yes. Yes. Yes.
Oh my God. Yes. Yes. Yes.
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2:34PM on 02/24/2015
I'll have what she's having
I'll have what she's having
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