The “Power Rangers” television series has been airing in one form or another for the better part of 24 years, despite the series’ name, distribution rights and cast changing more than a handful of times. Now, Dean Israelite’s upcoming reboot movie adaptation, “Power Rangers,” looks to be following in the footsteps of the television series, because Haim Saban, the film’s producer, announced today that plans for several more movies are already in the works. According to Saban, “We already have a six-movie story arc,” though the likelihood of subsequent movies making their way to production is dependent on how well the upcoming film does at the box office.
Saban and other members of the film’s production crew are hoping the film will take off with audiences both new to the franchise and nostalgic for the original 1993 show, “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.” In an interview with Variety, Saban said films like “Power Rangers” have had to keep up with the increasingly critical young audience demographic and its big expectations.
John Gatins, the film’s screenwriter, said state-of-the-art effects are likely to be a big draw for the series’ most ardent fans, who probably still remember the campy fight scenes and rubber monster suits from the original show. Special pains have also been taken to flesh out the film’s characters with a new, modern approach. Saban noted that the characters in the original series were just as much a draw for viewers as the choreographed fight scenes.
“The effects are only part of the movie,” Saban said. “We also are developing likable characters. They don’t take themselves too seriously, in terms of how they relate. I wanted the movie to say that losers or weirdos, by coming together, can realize the importance of the responsibility on their shoulders.”
“Power Rangers” is an adaptation of the 1993 television series “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” that aired on the Fox Kids weekday afternoon programming block. The film adapts the show’s plotline in which five teens are selected by an alien sage, Zordon, to save the Earth from a nefarious space witch, Rita Repulsa. The heroes, named power rangers, are gifted color-coded super suits and giant mechanical beasts to aid them in their quest. There’s no telling if the formula that worked 24 years ago is still as potent today, but Saban is hoping.
“If this film is as successful as I hope on March 24, on March 25 we’ll have the first story meeting for Movie No. 2.”
Debuting in theaters on March 24, “Power Rangers” is a production of Lionsgate directed by Dean Israelite and starring Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G, Ludi Lin, Bill Hader, Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Banks.