Count the original Green Ranger among those who don’t care for that dark and violent “Power Rangers” fan film.
Jason David Frank, who played Tommy Oliver in “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” posted a video on his Facebook fan page criticizing director Joseph Kahn’s 14-minute short, which stars Katee Sackhoff as Kimberly and James Van Der Beek as a traitorous Rocky.
“I know there’s a lot of fans out there that love it and all that stuff, but I’m just a PG-13 guy,” said Frank, who revealed he was approached last year to appear in the project. “The cuss words, the drugs, all this other stuff — it doesn’t fly with me. […] The problem is, they’re [the Power Rangers] still connected with adults and kids. The ‘Super Megaforce’ and ‘Power Ranges Dino Charge’ are still on Nickelodeon, and so you can’t take a brand like this and reboot it so dark and gritty. […] This still is a kids’ brand.”
Released late Monday, “Power/Rangers” serves as a bleak sequel of sorts to the long-running children’s action franchise, set in the aftermath of the war with the Machine Empire. “Power Rangers” copyright holder SCG Power Rangers LLC, a division of Saban Brands, successfully petitioned Vimeo to remove a NSFW version that includes nudity amid the profanity and bloodshed. A tamer edit remains on YouTube, where it’s been viewed more than 11 million times.
Saban has its own big-screen reboot of “Power Rangers” in development with Lionsgate planned for 2016.