‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers': Lionsgate preps big-screen return

May 07, 2014 | 1:06 p.m.
They're back: Plans to bring the "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" back to the big screen were announced today. (Saban Brands)

Lionsgate plans to bring the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers back to the big screen. (Saban Brands)

The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers are headed back to the big screen.

Lionsgate and licensing entity Saban Brands announced Wednesday that they are teaming up to reboot the five color-coded heroes for the modern era.

No director or screenwriter has been announced for the live-action film, which will “re-envision” the team of high school kids with special super powers tasked with saving the world.

“The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” TV series debuted in 1993 and aired on Fox for three years, attracting a following among the elementary-school set drawn to the adventures of the heroes as they battled giant robots and other foes. The show offered actions and low-budget charms — frequently recycling footage from “Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger,” a Japanese program, with American actors dubbing in the voices.

The Power Rangers made the leap to the big screen in 1995’s “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie,” and 1997’s “Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie” (the “Mighty Morphin” was officially dropped from the title in 1996), and the squad has since spawned a number of spinoffs and sequels.

Lionsgate Chief Executive John Feltheimer said in the statement that “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.”

The property has changed hands repeatedly over the years, and was bought back by Saban Brands from Walt Disney Co. after that company had taken control of the Power Rangers in 2001. Saban then promptly signed a deal with Nickelodeon to air new episodes of the show in an agreement that was estimated at $100 million.

The twenty-first season of the show, now titled “Power Rangers Super Megaforce,” premiered on Nickelodeon in February.

Are you excited about the prospect of a “Power Rangers” film? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

– Justin Sullivan | @LATHeroComplex

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5 Responses to ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers': Lionsgate preps big-screen return

  1. Joshua Hodges says:

    I’m all for a remake of the “Original” Power Rangers movie. As long as it’s the original.

  2. alpavangkanan says:

    Strange.

  3. David Kruse says:

    Now that kids who watched Power Rangers when they were little are all grown up, the people behind this new film will most likely have to give this new film a PG-13 rating to keep up with their age demographic. They were planning on doing that when announcements were made that Jason David Frank was talking with Saban about making a PG-13 Green Ranger film. I don't know if the Green Ranger film will happen or not, maybe it will be a tie-in to a possible sequel. But I do know that Power Rangers is finally on its way of being taken as seriously as DC or Marvel characters. The interesting thing about mainstream superheroes is they've been around for so long, they no longer have one version for adults and another for kids; everything's in unison. So now, they can have a darker and deeper version of Power Rangers without having to censor that much for kids.

    I do know that Power Rangers does have a line for graphic novels, toys (especially), video games, and other merchandise, but they all tie-into the show. Other superheroes like Batman, for example, have the same things, but they're all tied-into the concept the series. I think if the people behind Power Rangers didn't limit themselves to just the show, they would make a lot more money, and expand their creativity. If that were to happen, fans who write fan-fiction for the series could finally turn it into something real. I know that some of the fan-fiction is complete crap, but obviously they would have someone look it over when submitting it. I've been occasionally working on some fan-fiction myself, so maybe if my vision comes true, I'll look into that.

  4. Clint Smith says:

    I was born in 92 and i love the idea of.it i had this movie on vhs and wore it out i watched it everyday after i got off the bus

  5. Monte says:

    I can NOT agree with this more! I would LOVE to see a remake. It's about time! :) I saw that TMNT was getting a live-action movie, so why couldn't MMPR? Thank you Lionsgate for making this happen!!! I couldn't ask for a better production company. Especically, with the success of The Hunger Games and Divergent….I can only IMAGINE what MMPR will have in store!

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