Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers debuted on my 10th birthday back in 1993 and is currently celebrating its 22nd season. While I slow down a little bit more each year, Power Rangers shows no signs of stopping. The franchise has a big-screen installment due out in January of 2017 which will be directed by Dean Israelite and stars Naomi Scott as the Pink Ranger, Dacre Montgomery as the Red Ranger, Ludi Lin as the Black Ranger, and RJ Cyler as the Blue Ranger. As of this writing, the Yellow Ranger has not been cast.
But it’s not just the movie theaters that will play host to the Power Rangers. The small screen has been the bread and butter of the series for 22 years, and we have news about a big change that’s coming in their 24th season. Not only do we know which Japanese Super Sentai series the new installment will be based on, along with its expected title, but we are also hearing that it will be moving exclusively to Netflix.
That’s a pretty big move considering that Power Rangers has been a staple of the television landscape for more than two decades. Then again, it’s not exactly surprising considering that Saturday morning cartoons have gone extinct on broadcast channels, with more content moving to cable, premium, and digital platforms. In the fall of 2013, Saban Brands announced that they had extended their partnership with Nickelodeon and Bandai America through 2016, but it’s looking like the content-streaming giant Netflix will be home to the Power Rangers starting in 2017.
We’re hearing that the 24th season will be based on Japan’s series Shuriken Sentai Ninninger, and will be called Power Rangers Shuriken here in the States. The 39th entry in Toei’s Super Sentai series premiered in February of this year on Japanese TV and has a ninja theme that celebrates traditional festival themes and accents the agile nature of its heroes. I hope you like your Power Rangers seasons on the long side because the Netflix co-production will contain 32 episodes.
For more on Power Rangers, be sure to check out our coverage at the following links:
- Exclusive: ‘Power Rangers’ Title, Budget, and Character Names Revealed
- ‘Power Rangers’ Adds ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ Actor as Blue Ranger
- ‘Power Rangers’ Movie Casts the New Black Ranger
- ‘Power Rangers’ Movie Finds Its Red Ranger
- Exclusive: ‘Power Rangers’ Movie Villains, Timeline, and Opening Scene Revealed
- ‘Power Rangers’ Movie Casts Its Pink Ranger