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‘Power/Rangers’ Director Spills Secrets of Controversial Fan Film

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‘Power/Rangers’ Director Spills Secrets of Controversial Fan Film

Arriving Tuesday like a thunderbolt, disappearing nearly as fast and loud, and then returning once again on Friday, director Joseph Kahn’s dark, NSFW Power Rangers fan film “Power/Rangers” took the Internet by storm. Whipping fans into a fevered debate on message boards, Twitter and Facebook, it wasn’t long before even the original cast of the kid-friendly live-action show weighed in, with Green Ranger Jason David Frank expressing his dislike of the short film before Amy Jo Johnson, Walter Jones and more shared their more positive responses.

Over the weekend, Kahn conducted an Ask Me anything on reddit, opening himself us for questions from the Power Rangers fan community while he was signing an agreement with Saban Brands that allowed him to re-post the video to YouTube (“clean” version) and Vimeo (NSFW version).

Perhaps the most surprising revelation of the AMA is that Kahn doesn’t even consider himself a fan of the franchise, which is something he believes is true for more fan film creators than many realize. “Most people when they do projects always say they’re fans but 90% are lying just to please the fans,” he said. “I was already shaving in 1993 when Power Rangers came out. It was aimed at 12 year olds. I would have been weird as fuck if I was going into clubs raving about a reappropriated Sentai show for kids. I would have never gotten laid (which I didn’t anyway so what did it matter). It was an interesting experiment to play with reboot culture and tone control. When I finally made it I was fully invested in the characters and the property but I didn’t come into it to please a fan base, per se, but to experiment with pop culture.”

“I was going to a sci fi short anyway with Russ Bain (Tommy, green ranger) and Adi Shankar convinced me to make it about Power Rangers,” “the director explained, of the film’s origins “I self funded it and shot it over 7 days. It was taken down because it was awesome.”

“It’s not necessarily made for Power Ranger fans NOW, especially kids,” Kahn said of the short’s target audience. “It was made for Power Rangers fans in the 90’s who grew up and out of it. I’m making a piece of nostolgia for adults in their late 20’s and 30’s, who haven’t thought about them in a minute. And I think that is the vast majority of people in the world. If you’re 30 and still into Power Rangers and dress up in the costumes and all that, then more power to you, but this is not for you.”

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