When a new "Power Rangers" movie was announced, fans were curious about the direction of the film. Would it be a faithful adaption of the shows that kick-started a multi-billion dollar franchise? Or a more stylish update, one the franchise, frankly, needed in order to resonate with new fans?
The recent trailer revealed the studio chose a modern look, adding a bit of gravitas to the cast. However, a more faithful (and frightening) version once existed. A few months ago, someone posted the second draft of a script for a very different "Power Rangers" movie on Reddit. Max Landis, the writer of the script, noticed and pointed curious fans in the right direction on his Twitter account.
holy shit someone posted my power rangers script to reddithttps://t.co/YPHRoxGVKg— WATCH DIRK GENTLY ON NETFLIX JANUARY 5th (@Uptomyknees) February 2, 2017
Reading through the script, the biggest change may be the appearance of the antagonists in the film. One of the villains, Scorpina, is described as "female version of the Predator" combined with "the nastier bits of an eight-foot tall scorpion." The description makes sense, giving the character a makeover similar to one we saw in artist Matt Frank's concept art of Rita Repulssa, created for Landis' script.
Overall, though, the story reads like a classic Power Rangers episode, with the teenagers having a little more angst. Fans will have to wait a few more weeks to see how the current film compares to the version created by Landis. One thing that won't be the same? The ending.
Asked by a Twitter follower, who apparently enjoyed Landis' ending, if the studio kept any of it, Landis curtly replied, "they didn't."
Directed by Dean Israelite and starring 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 Gomez as the Yellow Ranger, Bryan Cranston as Zordon and Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa, “Power Rangers” hits theaters on March 24, 2017.