Saturday, 17 May 2014

Lionsgate plans new Power Rangers film

Lionsgate and creator Haim Saban have recently announced plans for a live action big screen outing for the Power Rangers.

With every other nostalgia fuelled brand haunting our cinemas, or at least planning to, it somehow makes sense that the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers would follow suit.

The story, such as it is, follows a group of ordinary – at least by the standards of the show – teenagers, who when danger strikes, 'morph' into superheroes with specific powers. Whereupon, they battle a variety of slightly shonky looking beasts and other villains.

Launched in 1993, the show rapidly became one the most watched children's TV programmes, helping establish Fox Kids Network and still  remains one of the top rated and longest running live action TV series in history.

Despite initial criticism for its action violence targeted to child audiences, the franchise has continued, and as of 2013 the show consists of 20 television seasons of 17 different themed series and two theatrical films.

As for whether the latest films plot will opt for a new origin tale or simply show the team on a typical mission, is anyone's guess. The press release neglected to specify any creative people involved at this point, opting instead to go heavy on the corporate synergy...

"We're thrilled to be partnering with Haim Saban and his team to maximize the potential of this immensely successful and universally recognized franchise," says Lionsgate boss John Feltheimer. "The Power Rangers stories and characters have been embraced by generations of audiences for more than 20 years, and today they are more powerful than ever. We have the ideal partner and the perfect brand with which to create a motion picture event that will resonate with moviegoers around the world for years to come."

As always, watch this space for more details.

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