Hot on the heels of Netflix quietly announcing a "Castlevania" series by showrunner Adi Shankhar, Polygon reports he is also working on an R-rated reboot of the popular "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" TV series.
Billed as an animated "'Power Rangers' meets 'Dragonball Z,'" Shankhar described the series as "the most violent version of the show to date."
"It’s a complete retelling of the first three seasons,” Shankar said. “And it’s going to be really fucking dark. Darker than any other 'Power Rangers' series."
Work has begun on the script for the first season with plans to launch in the next 18 months, even though Shankhar hasn't found a network to air it. He is aiming to bring it to the home of his current "Castlevania" project. "Netflix is doing what every other network should be doing,” Shankar said. “I’ve worked with almost every network and Netflix just gets it. The world we live in now has disrupted the idea of what entertainment is and Netflix gets it."
Instead of following the "monster of the week" formula of its predecessor, Shankhar revealed things will be different this time around with more linear storytelling elements.
"If you look at what shows are like today, they’re long movies,” Shankar said. “It’s a format paradigm and I want to explore creating these types of new shows with 'Power Rangers.'"
Shankar wants his "Power Rangers" to deliver character development along with long epic battles, something that the show of the 90s and "Dragonball Z" have in common. "We’re going to focus on the beats of what made each show great and turn that into one, entirely new 'Power Rangers' series," Shankar revealed.