Last week it was announced that Power Rangers will reboot on the big screen. It wasn’t much a surprise since it’s the 20th anniversary of the show. (Power Rangers is also in its special anniversary season.)
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers started the craze, taking action footage from the Japanese sentai show Zyuranger and combining it with American footage filmed by Saban. Every season since followed the same formula. It was cheap; all the stunts, costumes, and special effects were already taken care of. All it took was some creative editing to splice the Japanese and American footage together.
The Power Rangers franchise went to Disney but reverted back to Saban a few years ago. The quality – given it’s a kid’s show – took a noticeable drop; the current season especially. The main goal is cutting production costs.
Despite multiple versions of Power Rangers, Saban and Lionsgate have chosen the season that started it all for the movie reboot: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. It’s a little backwards but there’s a lot of nostalgia to ride on. And granted, young adults are all over that. Oh, who am I kidding? I gave Super Megaforce (stupid, stupid name) a watch for nostalgia – or boredom one night. Or two.
So why do I not sound excited about the idea? Saban is involved. They’re notorious for cutting corners as much as they can. If they have their way again, it’ll be the same case for the film.
Along with that, there’s a call for a gritty update, which sounds like a horrible idea. It’s a kid’s show. They should embrace that. (Did I stress “kid’s show” enough?)
What I’m trying to say is screw the movie. Sell the rights back to Disney. That would be a better way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Power Rangers.