Well, it finally happened—the never-ending cycle of Hollywood reboots of children’s television programming has finally begun to consume the 1990s in earnest. How do we know this? Because there is a now a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers movie reboot on the way.
The news comes courtesy of a press release from Lionsgate, announcing they will be rebooting the 1990s TV series that cheaply married American-filmed scenes of five teenagers given the ability to control giant interconnecting robots with action footage from the Japanese iteration of the show.
The Power Rangers were a pop cultural juggernaut in their day, and the original series launched innumerable toys, films, spin-offs, and merch. And Lionsgate is hoping that, 20 years later, they can replicate that money-magic. It’s the latest in an ever-increasing slew of nostalgia-baiting film projects (see also: Jem, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the G.I. Joe films, goddamn Battleship, and that development hell’d Stretch Armstrong movie) studios are hurling at the wall and hoping will stick, and will also make a ton of bank in the overseas markets. And since Power Rangers can combine cute teenagers, thoughtless action, and the whole kaiju thing…well, you do the box office.
Read the press release below.
Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment company, and Saban Brands, a strategic brand management company that acquires and builds global consumer brands, are partnering to develop and produce an original live action feature film based on the iconic Power Rangers property, it was announced today by creator of Power Rangers Haim Saban and Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer. The announcement marks another step in Lionsgate’s continued commitment to build a broad portfolio of branded properties and franchises with global appeal.
Saban launched Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as a live action television series more than 20 years ago, and the series has been in continuous production ever since. It has subsequently grown into one of the world’s most popular and recognizable brands, with toys, apparel, costumes, video games, DVD’s, comic books and other merchandise.
The two companies noted that, with an extensive and extremely devoted worldwide fan base as well as a deep and detailed mythology, the Power Rangers are primed for 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.
“Lionsgate is the perfect home for elevating our Power Rangers brand to the next level,” said Saban. “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.”
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Haim Saban and his team to maximize the potential of this immensely successful and universally recognized franchise,” said Feltheimer. “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.”
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