Lionsgate and Saban to Develop New Live-Action POWER RANGERS Movie

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And the nostalgia keeps on coming.  Mighty Morphin Power Rangers debuted in 1993, and now that it’s a little over twenty years later, those ten-year-olds are now thirty-year-olds who probably want a piece of their childhood back.  Lionsgate and Saban are going to be more than happy to give it to them in the form of a new live-action film.  For those who never watched the show (and I only saw its original incarnation), it’s about a giant floating head that bestows five teenagers with special powers that allow them to morph into brightly-colored rangers who fight evil aliens.  The episodes always end by ripping off Voltron as each ranger pilots an animal vehicle, and then the vehicles combine to make a really big vehicle that defeats a really big enemy.  It’s a kids’ show, people.

The series is still on the air (the titles keep changing, and now it’s called “Power Rangers Megaforce“) and there have been three movies, but now Lionsgate and Saban want to create a new, live-action feature film.  Hit the jump for more.

power-rangersIn a press release, Saban Brands said Lionsgate was a good match because the studio has been able to successfully create franchises out of The Hunger Games, Twilight, and Divergent.  I don’t know if naming those franchises means Power Rangers will now be skewing a little older, but it’s a valuable brand nonetheless.  It’s a brand I have absolutely no interest in seeing return to the big screen, but the show’s popularity has never really diminished among its target audience.  I’m going to hope that this movie is for them, because they’ll probably go for it.

However, it will be interesting to see if the demographics and marketing can power a Power Rangers movie into a hit.  The last live-action feature, 1997′s Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, grossed less than $10 million.

Here’s the press release:

LIONSGATE AND SABAN BRANDS PARTNER

FOR POWER RANGERS LIVE ACTION FEATURE FILM

SANTA MONICA, CA, May 7, 2014 – 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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  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    Well…hmmmmm…will they also be doing a reboot of Big Bad Beetle Bord, VR Troopers, or any other of those 90 shows of similiar nature? Honestly a little suprised as the shows popularity only really lasted 2 years before falling into obscurity. By the time the second film was released in ’97 people had given up on it. Scraping the bottom of the barrell for a named brand IMO. Best of luck getting your investment back Lionsgate.

    • Jak

      Seeing how Power Rangers was the number 1 toyline from 1993 until the first Transformers came out I wouldn’t say it fell into obscurity.

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        Yeah I don’t know. I mean by the time the sequel film came out it made less than $10M. And that was in it’s hey day. I’m not bashing on it but more stating the obvious that it’s the studio trying to find something w name recognition to see if they can breath new life into it by giving it the Transformers treatment. I don’t know maybe it’ll be fun for nostalgia reasons – like the new TMNT film.

    • Really Creepy Power Strangers

      I agree with Jesse Kale. FAR from obscurity. You may have grown up and stopped following the franchise, but you’d be ignorant to ignore all of the young fans that followed you, and the young fans that watch the show as it is today. The popularity of the franchise may have been in flux at times, but today it’s going really strong and actually feels a little like when it started (not the way it looks, but the overall atmosphere and attitude).

    • Really Creepy Power Strangers

      I agree with Jesse Kale. FAR from obscurity. You may have grown up and stopped following the franchise, but you’d be ignorant to ignore all of the young fans that followed you, and the young fans that watch the show as it is today. The popularity of the franchise may have been in flux at times, but today it’s going really strong and actually feels a little like when it started (not the way it looks, but the overall atmosphere and attitude).

  • Daniel Ronczkowski

    Well it could work. But the only reason I enjoyed it was because I was already used to the actors and characters by the time the first movie rolled around. If they do a new movie and just throw in new rangers, new characters, new zords…it will suck.

  • bidi

    well fuck

  • Leo Spaceman

    This would probably be done similar to TMNT. It would be a completely stand alone story and universe. If it was a continuation of whatever series is currently on TV, no parents would willingly subject their children to it. But it might be cool to see a Power Rangers with a real budget and decent enough production values. Transformers quality Zords might actually be pretty cool.

    Then they will have a new Power Rangers show to be released in tandem with this movie. Then the New Toyline (this is where the real sales probably are.)

    But if they give the guy who plays Tommy some small role or something that would be nice. He is still active in Power Rangers fandom.

    • http://collider.com Matt Goldberg

      Is that the Power Ranger who went into porn?

      • Leo Spaceman

        I wouldn’t know, I don’t follow male Porn Stars.

      • Leo Spaceman

        Sorry Matt, took me a minute to realize others might read that as an intended insult, it wasn’t. Meant to say it as stating a fact.

      • JBug

        Still hilarious

      • JBug

        Still hilarious

      • Werefon

        It was rumored that Red Ranger actor went into Porn but it was confirmed that it is completely different guy.

        Actually rumor came from actor playing White Ranger. They hated each other. But it is false.

        P.S.Yeah I know this stuff about Power Rangers!

      • Werefon

        It was rumored that Red Ranger actor went into Porn but it was confirmed that it is completely different guy.

        Actually rumor came from actor playing White Ranger. They hated each other. But it is false.

        P.S.Yeah I know this stuff about Power Rangers!

      • Mighty Morphin Porno Rangers

        I don’t know of any OG rangers that went into porn. Tommy (Jason David Frank) is into MMA, or some fighting style, and does a lot of work with kids. Jason (Austin St. John) became a fireman in Washington DC. Zack (Walter Emanuel Jones) is cool as sh*t and still works in acting (not X-rated). Billy (David Yost) is a producer (not X-rated). Kimberly (Amy Jo Johnson) quit everything, I think, because of creepy male fans. And Trini (Thuy Trang) RIP, died in a car crash on 9/3/01.

        Maybe you’re thinking of Finster?

      • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

        Amy Jo Johnson has been actively working for the last 20 years. She was one of the leads on Flashpoint for 5 years.

      • Mighty Morphin Porno Rangers

        Oh woah, thanks for the clarification. I had no idea. Glad to hear it though =)

      • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

        Amy Jo Johnson has been actively working for the last 20 years. She was one of the leads on Flashpoint for 5 years.

    • http://collider.com Matt Goldberg

      Is that the Power Ranger who went into porn?

    • Daniel Ronczkowski

      My sentiment exactly….

    • DEADP00L

      Oh screw that Tommy hack job. Enough with him already he stuck around to PR like an annoying troll.

    • DEADP00L

      Oh screw that Tommy hack job. Enough with him already he stuck around to PR like an annoying troll.

    • JBug

      I agree. I don’t understand all the negativity. I wouldn’t mind seeing Power Rangers get the Transformers treatment. Fun, stupid entertainment combined with nostalgia gets me almost every time.

      • Manuel Orozco

        Gets me almost every time too depending on what the brand is

  • Leo Spaceman

    This would probably be done similar to TMNT. It would be a completely stand alone story and universe. If it was a continuation of whatever series is currently on TV, no parents would willingly subject their children to it. But it might be cool to see a Power Rangers with a real budget and decent enough production values. Transformers quality Zords might actually be pretty cool.

    Then they will have a new Power Rangers show to be released in tandem with this movie. Then the New Toyline (this is where the real sales probably are.)

    But if they give the guy who plays Tommy some small role or something that would be nice. He is still active in Power Rangers fandom.

  • Adam Collins

    What they should try and do is bring back a lot of the original cast members. Except of course for the yellow ranger.

    • RIP Thuy Trang

      For cameos. I know you don’t mean cast as the Rangers themselves…
      How would they ever respectfully and logically acknowledge the absence of Trini? They’d never come back as Rangers anyways.

      • Adam Collins

        Honestly, why not? The Pink Ranger was on Flashpoint, Tommy kept on the show in various roles, Zach has done a lot of cameo roles, and Jason did gay porn. What else do they have to do?

      • MegaZordon

        Amy Jo Johnson stopped going to conventions because of creepy stalker fans. She distanced herself so much from MMPR because guys acted like f*cking psychos drooling over her. Given all of this, I don’t see her coming back unless the paycheck was right – which I don’t see the studio forking over big bucks for these old guys/girl.

        I think they’d have no problem getting Tommy, Zack, and maybe Billy, but seeing as how Kimberly didn’t even go to Power Morphicon on the 20 year anniversary, I take that as a big NO for her. Jason wasn’t there either. He’s a fireman. I don’t think he cares about acting as a hero anymore because he’s a real hero now.

        (And for the record, it’s freakin’ weird referring to the actors by their character names. LOL.)

      • Christopher

        They could just bring back Aisha, Adam and Rocky instead. I mean, they’re the ones who were in the original movie, anyway.

        Regardless, I suspect this new movie everyone is getting excited about will probably just be a tie-in to whatever the current Power Rangers incarnation is.

  • DEADP00L

    If it’s the original PR animals and zords then cool ( I dont care if its not the original cast) just so long as it’s not cheesy because PR today and of the past are soooo unwatchable now.

    • Werefon

      Original (well original US series – Mighty Morphing) were cheap and I liked it a lot.
      Now, it is even cheaper looking. As you said Unwatchable.

    • MightyMorphinNinjaTurtles

      Almost every season after MMPR was absolutely ridiculous. I remember watching Zeo when it transitioned into that, but quickly lost interest. Some seasons became borderline Asylum-grade, BUT… Samurai is at least well produced and isn’t too unwatchable. Mystic Force – now that’s unwatchable!

  • DEADP00L

    If it’s the original PR animals and zords then cool ( I dont care if its not the original cast) just so long as it’s not cheesy because PR today and of the past are soooo unwatchable now.

  • gar216

    If it is based on the “Mighty Morphin” era of the so l, I’m so in. I always expected a power rangers movie as sort of an answer to Transformers.

    • Werefon

      I hope it is not gonna be Power Rangers Turbo.
      IWish they will do some cool redesign. But it have to be Mighty Morphin! The best series.

    • Werefon

      I hope it is not gonna be Power Rangers Turbo.
      IWish they will do some cool redesign. But it have to be Mighty Morphin! The best series.

    • MightyMorphinNinjaTurtles

      It MUST be MMPR!!! At the very least, start with MM sort of like the “prequel” then they can take the liberties of advancing into post-seasons. If they don’t start with MMPR, I probably won’t see it.

  • gar216

    If it is based on the “Mighty Morphin” era of the so l, I’m so in. I always expected a power rangers movie as sort of an answer to Transformers.

  • alk

    sign me up! I wanna work on this!

  • MBF

    A Michael Bay film. Boom boom explosions. Megazord fights. That’ll do. I’m IN !

    • STAR-LORD #ROUGE SQUAD

      Dude it will be the same thing Power Rangers had tons of explosions. I only saw one in TMNT,what’s wrong with explosions in an action movie? You must not have seen one episode of Power Rangers to make that call. Just another Bay hater that gets mad in the blogs but will still pay to see his movies.

      • sparky mcsparky

        “Sparks”, not “explosions”…

      • STAR-LORD #ROUGE SQUAD

        They had exsplosions and sparks. Dose that make you happy? I know when they got hit they sparked but everything else blew up.

      • sparky mcsparky

        “Sparks”, not “explosions”…

      • Jason David Voorhees

        Michael Bay produced the “Friday the 13th” reboot and said he hated it. It’s possible he doesn’t agree with everything he’s producing…

      • STAR-LORD #ROUGE SQUAD

        What dose that have to do with what I said?? I didn’t like the new Friday The 13th it got to campy IMO but still has nothing to do with my statement.

      • Jason David Voorhees

        Haha, you’re right. I read your comment again and I must have misread it the first time. Actually I think I was commenting on the MBF comment. >_< *FAIL*

    • STAR-LORD #ROUGE SQUAD

      Dude it will be the same thing Power Rangers had tons of explosions. I only saw one in TMNT,what’s wrong with explosions in an action movie? You must not have seen one episode of Power Rangers to make that call. Just another Bay hater that gets mad in the blogs but will still pay to see his movies.

  • MBF

    A Michael Bay film. Boom boom explosions. Megazord fights. That’ll do. I’m IN !

  • Angel Grove Gore Squad

    It should be produced by Noboru Iguchi or Yoshihiro Nishimura.

  • Angel Grove Gore Squad

    It should be produced by Noboru Iguchi or Yoshihiro Nishimura.

  • JBug

    Everybody seems to give a crap, which series of PR it is. Really? What difference does it make what the costumes or robots look like? The story is pretty much always the same: teenagers (with attitude) use their karate and powers to stop campy villains. I doubt they will use the original cast, because they are way too old and it kind of defeats the purpose, which I assume is reintroducing Power Rangers to the world, in favor of satisfying the few fans who really care which actors are playing these roles.

    • MightyMorphinNinjaTurtles

      I don’t think anyone wants them to use the old cast as the Power Rangers themselves, unless they’re making a comedy. They should at least be scattered throughout in cameos or given the option to play masked villains.
      I think most of us would like to see the original characters though (obviously recast). If you’re making a Batman movie you want to see Bruce Wayne.

      If they’re completely starting from scratch, meaning they’re just using the “Power Rangers” name to create a new “cinematic universe”, I’d be on board for that too, but they should at least draw aesthetic inspiration from the elements of MMPR. Why on Earth would they ignore what made it so popular in the first place? I don’t think that’s too much to ask.

      • JBug

        Does anybody really know what made it popular in the first place? To me, I think it was just the aesthetic, but I don’t know. I couldn’t resist. There was nothing like PR back in the day. Going to see PR The Movie, was definitely one of the highlights of my childhood.

      • MightyMorphinNinjaTurtles

        Hell yes! I totally remember seeing the movie too. And riding my bike to the nearest Blockbuster to buy the VHS when it came out.

        But you’re right about the aesthetic. The idea of these different personalities being represented by colors, and together creating such an appealing color palate. Their individual weapons, zords, outfits, the technology behind the communicators, the interior and exterior of the Command Center (and that it was in the middle of nowhere), the costumed villains each with their own personalities (which almost always played on one of the Rangers’ fears or weakness). Even the inside of the zords – the cockpits – I always wanted a vehicle that had a cockpit like that. And the fact that their “powers” were nothing more than karate, which was something you can actually learn! The show had too much character and imagination that made it impossible to look away from.

      • MightyMorphinNinjaTurtles

        Hell yes! I totally remember seeing the movie too. And riding my bike to the nearest Blockbuster to buy the VHS when it came out.

        But you’re right about the aesthetic. The idea of these different personalities being represented by colors, and together creating such an appealing color palate. Their individual weapons, zords, outfits, the technology behind the communicators, the interior and exterior of the Command Center (and that it was in the middle of nowhere), the costumed villains each with their own personalities (which almost always played on one of the Rangers’ fears or weakness). Even the inside of the zords – the cockpits – I always wanted a vehicle that had a cockpit like that. And the fact that their “powers” were nothing more than karate, which was something you can actually learn! The show had too much character and imagination that made it impossible to look away from.

  • STAR-LORD #ROUGE SQUAD

    TMNT= “YOU RUIEND MY CHILDHOOD MICHAEL BAY!!”
    MMPR= “OKEY DOEKY!!” SMDH. I’m just glad I’m not the only one that thinks this will be shitty.
    Twilight sucked balls,I only liked a few moments of Hunger Games and Jen Lawrence is hot,I have no reason to watch Divergent. By the time they release this it will be unimportant and it will bomb.

    • The InDREDDables

      They did Dredd also (which I know bombed at the box office, but is a huge technical and entertaining success among the people who actually saw it). Think of this Power Rangers idea as a PG-13 Dredd! =)

      I’m just thankful none of the major studios got the rights to it. Except for maybe Universal. I kind of like their stuff.

      • STAR-LORD #ROUGE SQUAD

        Universal has really steped there game up. Jurassic Park is a welcomed return from the 90′s and I like the idea of them making Avengers style team up with their monsters but who will Van Helsing team up with?

      • The InDREDDables

        Can’t wait for Jurassic World! We’re coming off of JP3, so I don’t think we have to prepare for that level of disappointment. I’ve still got my fingers crossed and my breath held for the monsters team-up, but I feel like I can trust Universal more than the other studios. They got the ’90′s Mummy franchise out of their system, so they can get serious now. And now they’ve got Legendary Pictures working with them too, so we can expect great things!

    • The InDREDDables

      They did Dredd also (which I know bombed at the box office, but is a huge technical and entertaining success among the people who actually saw it). Think of this Power Rangers idea as a PG-13 Dredd! =)

      I’m just thankful none of the major studios got the rights to it. Except for maybe Universal. I kind of like their stuff.

  • STAR-LORD #ROUGE SQUAD

    TMNT= “YOU RUIEND MY CHILDHOOD MICHAEL BAY!!”
    MMPR= “OKEY DOEKY!!” SMDH. I’m just glad I’m not the only one that thinks this will be shitty.
    Twilight sucked balls,I only liked a few moments of Hunger Games and Jen Lawrence is hot,I have no reason to watch Divergent. By the time they release this it will be unimportant and it will bomb.

  • Tom

    Hopefully Bryan Cranston makes an appearance.

  • Spider-Man Fan #1!

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 sucked.

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  • DjangoBro

    This is one reboot that could actually work. All it needs is a good script (doesn’t have to excellent), right tone (nothing too serious or campy), great CGI, great action (Captain America 2 good) and you have a fuckin fantastic reboot. I would gladly see this in theatres.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Exactly what i want to hear

  • doc

    Why?

  • Golden Graham

    I’m definitley down with this news. I always pictured a new Rangers movie as starting from scratch, redesign everything from the ground up, show them picking each new ranger and giving them a solid back story. I dont expect Zordon to be a giant floating head of course. The one thing I am going to be worried about is the zords. Overdo them and they’ll fall into transformers territory. Underdo them and its going to be too cheesy. I cant see them going with dinozords. maybe they’ll be based off the Japanese mythical creatures (which is what the thunderzords were based off of) seeing as PR originated in Japan with Super Sentai.

    Either way I’m very interested in how they’ll do it.

  • Golden Graham

    I’m definitley down with this news. I always pictured a new Rangers movie as starting from scratch, redesign everything from the ground up, show them picking each new ranger and giving them a solid back story. I dont expect Zordon to be a giant floating head of course. The one thing I am going to be worried about is the zords. Overdo them and they’ll fall into transformers territory. Underdo them and its going to be too cheesy. I cant see them going with dinozords. maybe they’ll be based off the Japanese mythical creatures (which is what the thunderzords were based off of) seeing as PR originated in Japan with Super Sentai.

    Either way I’m very interested in how they’ll do it.

    • Manuel Orozco

      That’s the spirit

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  • Early Edition

    Turbo might not have done well at the box office but i bet it killed in Home Video sales.

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