In 2017, Saban and Lionsgate teamed-up to bring the Power Rangers back to the big screen in a modern, gritty film that was supposed to be the start of a new franchise. However, the movie released to a mixed reception, and the fact that it underperformed at the box-office led to a future that was left in doubt. By all accounts, it seemed like director Dean Israelite's Power Rangers wasn't getting a sequel.
The final nail in the coffin seemed to come a few months ago, when it was announced that toy giant Hasbro had purchased the Power Rangers license from Saban Properties. At the time, the chairman and CEO of Hasbro, Brian Goldner, said: “Shortly after entering into our licensing arrangement, it became clear that now was the time to begin investing in unlocking Power Rangers’ full potential.” Most took that to mean that, if Hasbro were to once again attempt to launch a Rangers franchise on the big screen, the company would start fresh.
However, that may not be the case. The International Licensing Industry Merchandiser's Association reports that Hasbro is indeed interested in making an official sequel to the 2017 film. LIMA's Hasbro report confirms that "Hasbro will work with a film studio to develop a new Power Rangers movie as a follow-up to the 2017 release."
Whether that means the original's director will return or not remains to be seen, but the notion that Hasbro is looking to make an official follow-up indicates that the cast of Saban's Power Rangers could indeed return for this upcoming sequel.
Israelite's film saw the Power Rangers come together in the little town of Angel Grove to unlock the power of the Rangers and save their town -- and the entire world -- from Rita Repulsa and her monster, Goldar. The film worked as an origin story, and its mid-credits scene set-up a sequel that hinted at the arrival of fan-favorite character the Green Ranger. Hopefully, a sequel means that Tommy Oliver will join the cast of the next film.
Saban's Power Rangers was released March 24 2017. Directed by Dean Israelite, the film starred Dacre Montgomery as the Red Ranger, Naomi Scott as the Pink Ranger, Ludi Lin as the Black Ranger, R.J. Cyler as the Blue Ranger, Becky G as the Yellow Ranger, Bryan Cranston as Zordon and Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa. The movie is available on Blu-ray and DVD now.