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Lionsgate and Saban Brands announce new Power Rangers movie

May. 7, 2014by: Sean Wist

I hope you're all sitting down in your Zord, because a new Power Rangers movie is in the works! Lionsgate and Saban Brands are teaming up to re-envision the classic show in hopes of creating a film franchise to carry on the mythology of those lovable, color-coded, kung-fu kids!

Haim Saban, creator of the Power Rangers, had this to say of working with Lionsgate:

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, were 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.

Given the mention of THE HUNGER GAMES, TWILIGHT, and DIVERGENT, one could imagine that they hope to emulate the formula of those films in bringing the Power Rangers back to the big screen.

Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer had this to say of Power Rangers:

Were 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. 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.

I never got into the Mighty Morphin Power Ranger rage back when it was first airing, but in retrospect, it's deliciously cheesy. I imagine they'll go for a more "serious" approach with the material this time around while trying to keep the fun intact. As long as the keep those rockin' guitars from the intro, I'm down!

Extra Tidbit: Who would you cast as the "teenagers with attitude"?

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10:12AM on 05/08/2014

Hahaha

How long before those actors end in gay porn, like the previous one ?
How long before those actors end in gay porn, like the previous one ?
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9:28AM on 05/08/2014
"Oh oh! We're in TROUBLE!"
"Oh oh! We're in TROUBLE!"
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8:27AM on 05/08/2014
Nothing there to suggest they're harking back to the original Mighty Morphin' brand with this, which would mean very little to kids who like the show today. I've caught episodes here and there in recent years, and I actually kinda enjoyed the Power Rangers Samurai series - it had some excellent costumes and monster designs. If they can capture some of that creative weirdness a new movie might be a laugh. Question is will they keep the giant monster vs Zord fights as people in suits over tiny
Nothing there to suggest they're harking back to the original Mighty Morphin' brand with this, which would mean very little to kids who like the show today. I've caught episodes here and there in recent years, and I actually kinda enjoyed the Power Rangers Samurai series - it had some excellent costumes and monster designs. If they can capture some of that creative weirdness a new movie might be a laugh. Question is will they keep the giant monster vs Zord fights as people in suits over tiny cities or would they go full-on CGI with that stuff? There's various ways you can approach elements of Power Rangers that will make the end product incredibly different tonally.
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1:14AM on 05/08/2014
I don't quite follow. Are they going to remake the Zyuranger era Power Rangers or do a movie version of one of the most recent Super Sentai incarnation? I still love to watch the Japanese series when it's good, but the only decent Power Rangers series I've watched so far is Ninja Storm.
I don't quite follow. Are they going to remake the Zyuranger era Power Rangers or do a movie version of one of the most recent Super Sentai incarnation? I still love to watch the Japanese series when it's good, but the only decent Power Rangers series I've watched so far is Ninja Storm.
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11:08AM on 05/08/2014
Then you must not have seen many seasons. NINJA STORM isn't terrible, but just like SAMURIA, it was a way to elminate the darkness of the previous seasons (which was good).
Then you must not have seen many seasons. NINJA STORM isn't terrible, but just like SAMURIA, it was a way to elminate the darkness of the previous seasons (which was good).
9:48PM on 05/07/2014
i remember seeing the first movie in theaters as a kid i still enjoy the old show good cheesy fun
i remember seeing the first movie in theaters as a kid i still enjoy the old show good cheesy fun
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9:18PM on 05/07/2014
it'd be so killer if brad bird directed it. I would probably be more excited for it than the new star wars film and thats saying something.
it'd be so killer if brad bird directed it. I would probably be more excited for it than the new star wars film and thats saying something.
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4:52PM on 05/07/2014

I know the title:

Pacific Rim 2!
But seriously the only way I could see this work is if they go the 21 jump street road...
Pacific Rim 2!
But seriously the only way I could see this work is if they go the 21 jump street road...
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4:42PM on 05/07/2014

I'm so down

This seriously could be great fun!
This seriously could be great fun!
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3:57PM on 05/07/2014

Neat

Green Ranger
Green Ranger
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3:44PM on 05/07/2014

YES, YES, YES!

This news makes me very excited. As a kid, I was OBSESSED with the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers and I feel like this movie could be pretty fuckin' awesome.
This news makes me very excited. As a kid, I was OBSESSED with the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers and I feel like this movie could be pretty fuckin' awesome.
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3:29PM on 05/07/2014
That intro just reminds me how much of a crush I had on the Pink ranger...
That intro just reminds me how much of a crush I had on the Pink ranger...
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3:18PM on 05/07/2014
It's about f'n time! I hope it's the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and not a new one. And please give Tommy a cameo!
It's about f'n time! I hope it's the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and not a new one. And please give Tommy a cameo!
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2:15PM on 05/07/2014
I remember watching this mainly for its camp value. I bought some of the toys (had a pipe-dream of making a stop-motion spoof using the Mega Zord toys), and even went to see that first movie in '95.

Turning it into a franchise like Twilight might actually work, mainly because, like that franchise, Power Rangers are exceedingly cheesy. Either way, a thorough cinematic reboot could have endless possibilities for it, going darker, better effects, better actors. I outgrew the show before I
I remember watching this mainly for its camp value. I bought some of the toys (had a pipe-dream of making a stop-motion spoof using the Mega Zord toys), and even went to see that first movie in '95.

Turning it into a franchise like Twilight might actually work, mainly because, like that franchise, Power Rangers are exceedingly cheesy. Either way, a thorough cinematic reboot could have endless possibilities for it, going darker, better effects, better actors. I outgrew the show before I stopped watching it back in the day, but I won't say there isn't something there worth mining for a movie.
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1:52PM on 05/07/2014
Makes sense this will get a revamp but I was old enough to remember Voltron by the time it came out...
Makes sense this will get a revamp but I was old enough to remember Voltron by the time it came out...
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1:47PM on 05/07/2014
I love how predictable hollywood is. They are only making it because it will have giant "godzilla" like monsters and team heroes is a big thing. My friends and I were saying they will make this happen. It could be a really cool movie if done right, like in a mature way and not a childish B type movie.
I love how predictable hollywood is. They are only making it because it will have giant "godzilla" like monsters and team heroes is a big thing. My friends and I were saying they will make this happen. It could be a really cool movie if done right, like in a mature way and not a childish B type movie.
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1:13PM on 05/07/2014
The green ranger from the pictures above, not a stupid redesign or something, HAS to appear or we don't have a deal. That's my favorite design/version of one of the Rangers ever and is basically required. I hated when they switched to the White Ranger and eventually used him for the movie because I would loved to have had that green version's costume made out of the professional materials they used for that first movie. Make it happen Lionsgate! Nostalga rules...
The green ranger from the pictures above, not a stupid redesign or something, HAS to appear or we don't have a deal. That's my favorite design/version of one of the Rangers ever and is basically required. I hated when they switched to the White Ranger and eventually used him for the movie because I would loved to have had that green version's costume made out of the professional materials they used for that first movie. Make it happen Lionsgate! Nostalga rules...
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1:01PM on 05/07/2014

I grew up on this show, big-time

And unlike TMNT, I hope we can just accept the fact that this will more than likely not resemble the old show. But as long as the spirit is there and there is real karate (save the CG for the Zords!),
I'm on-board.
And unlike TMNT, I hope we can just accept the fact that this will more than likely not resemble the old show. But as long as the spirit is there and there is real karate (save the CG for the Zords!),
I'm on-board.
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1:00PM on 05/07/2014
Actually excited for this and think it could work if they find the right balance of contemporary grit while maintaining the fun. If they can find a tone balanced around Pacific Rim, Transformers, Avengers and the Ninja turtles it could work. Gimme that JDF cameo though! Gotta have it!
Actually excited for this and think it could work if they find the right balance of contemporary grit while maintaining the fun. If they can find a tone balanced around Pacific Rim, Transformers, Avengers and the Ninja turtles it could work. Gimme that JDF cameo though! Gotta have it!
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12:44PM on 05/07/2014
I can't believe I just watched 40 minutes of Power Rangers intros.
I can't believe I just watched 40 minutes of Power Rangers intros.
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12:20PM on 05/07/2014
Loved the original power rangers in elementary school. Will this be a new version of the original "Morphin" power rangers, or just a whole new thing? Also wonder if they'll take away the cheese factor and try and make it a major superhero movie.
Loved the original power rangers in elementary school. Will this be a new version of the original "Morphin" power rangers, or just a whole new thing? Also wonder if they'll take away the cheese factor and try and make it a major superhero movie.
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12:13PM on 05/07/2014
This show WAS my childhood. Tommy was my favorite Power Ranger because I thought he was the most badass out of the group.

Would be cool if someone could actually pull this off successfully.
This show WAS my childhood. Tommy was my favorite Power Ranger because I thought he was the most badass out of the group.

Would be cool if someone could actually pull this off successfully.
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12:11PM on 05/07/2014

Loved the show as a kid

But I actually have no idea if this is a good idea or not.
But I actually have no idea if this is a good idea or not.
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12:05PM on 05/07/2014
Go Go Power Rangers! The movie was so silly but very fun. That should be on Awfully Good column. Still, I think it's a good time to update Power Rangers. Looks like it might G.I. Joe meets Pacific Rim.
Go Go Power Rangers! The movie was so silly but very fun. That should be on Awfully Good column. Still, I think it's a good time to update Power Rangers. Looks like it might G.I. Joe meets Pacific Rim.
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11:56AM on 05/07/2014
The essence of Power Rangers was its cheese and silliness- because it was aimed at 7 year olds. I don't see how you can update this to be taken remotely seriously while still actually being Power Rangers.
The essence of Power Rangers was its cheese and silliness- because it was aimed at 7 year olds. I don't see how you can update this to be taken remotely seriously while still actually being Power Rangers.
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11:45AM on 05/07/2014
Whoever manages to find the right balance between "silly nostalgia" and "hey, I might actually be able to take this new version somewhat seriously" shall get a prize. Prize to be determined.
Whoever manages to find the right balance between "silly nostalgia" and "hey, I might actually be able to take this new version somewhat seriously" shall get a prize. Prize to be determined.
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