The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers are set to return to the big screen, as Lionsgate has announced a live action movie reboot of the characters.
Saban Brands, owners of the multi-coloured, robot-piloting kung-fu heroes, has partnered with Lionsgate, the studio behind Twilight, to produce a new movie based on the classic Power Rangers line-up. Eyes and Voice learned.
The news was announced yesterday, 7th May (2014) after Haim Saban and Lionsgate announced that they have struck a deal to produce a Power Rangers Reboot.
According to the press release, the new franchise will re-image the Power Rangers as “a group of high school kids who are infused with unique and cool super powers but must harness and use those powers as a team if they have any hope of saving the world”, EyesandVoice.com learned.
Rather than making use of any of the recent iterations to the characters, this new movie (in the works) will see a return to the classic line-up, rebooting the original concept for a new generation.
Eyes and Voice learned, “The new film franchise will re-envision the Might Morphin Power Rangers.” according to the statements released on Wednesday.
Haim Saban speaking about the partnership said:
“Lionsgate is the perfect home for elevating our Power Rangers brand to the next level.
“They have the vision, marketing prowess and incredible track record in launching breakthrough hits from The Hunger Games to Twilight and Divergent.
“In partnership with the Lionsgate team, we’re confident that we will capture the world of the Power Rangers and Translate it into a unique and memorable motion picture phenomenon with a legacy all its own.”“Power Rangers first launched in 1993, when producer Haim Saban meshed the martial arts and mecha-vs-monster footage of Japanese series Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger (Dinosaur Squadron Zyuranger) with cheaper, American-shot footage of teens in highschool. Giving a target audience of 8-12-year-old kids a weekly dose of live action robot dinosaurs proved to be a bit popular for some reason, and the series has run continuously ever since. While keeping the original dino-themed motif of the costumes for the first three seasons, from 1996’s Power Rangers Zeo onwards, each season would echo the Japanese source series it was adapted from. The current series, Power Rangers Super Megaforce, is a 20th anniversary special, complete with cameos from earlier Ranger teams.” – Wired.
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