The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers have been a staple in the childhood memories of many children today and just as many grown-ups from previous generations. The Power Rangers have been gracing television sets for over two decades and only have two movies to show for it. Now everyone’s favorite sentai wearing world defenders are set to make a comeback on the silver screen. Fanboys and fangirls everywhere are rejoicing. The Power Rangers are getting a reboot.
Haim Saban of Saban Entertainment and Lionsgate CEO, Jon Feltheimer, are the minds and the money behind the newly announced Power Rangers reboot. They both agree that the franchise is long overdue for another movie, one that stands a better chance of impressing the loyal fanbase. Saban himself made a statement on Wednesday saying that Lionsgate would be the “perfect home” for the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Lionsgate is the studio that brought audiences great movie franchises such as The Hunger Games and Twilight. If there is any company that is capable of bringing out the maximum value of a brand such as the Power Rangers, it is definitely Lionsgate.
Since their television debut in 1993, the teen superhero team has been a household name to fans young and old. Their large fan following has warranted the mass production of toys, video games, DVDs and so many more products that there is no other word to describe the amount then simply “ridiculous.” The adventures of the Power Rangers provide much more than a bright and lively martial arts action-packed show. There were and still continue to be many lessons to be learned from watching the team fight monsters and deal with everyday issues that can affect anyone and everyone. Though the costumes continue to change as time goes on, the positive impact of the Power Rangers has not changed at all.
The first movie came out on June 30, 1995. It was titled Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, or just simply, The Power Rangers Movie. It was produced by Haim Saban, under director Bryan Spicer. It starred most of the original cast members from the popular television show. The movie had a budget of $15 million, and it earned over $38 million in the U.S. box office and just over $66 million worldwide. During the film’s opening weekend it was placed as the No. 4 movie of the weekend behind Apollo 13, Pocahontas and Batman Forever respectively.
The film spawned four video games that were released for the Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy and Sega Game Gear. Despite being a success in the box office, the first Power Rangers film did not do well in terms of media and critic reviews. The second film in the franchise was released under the title, Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, and was released on March 28, 1997. It ended up grossing over $3 million in the domestic box office and $9 million globally. It was directed by Shuki Levy and David Winning. Levy is also credited for writing the film and providing the music.
Haim Saban seems confident in his decision to team up with Lionsgate studios in order to revive the powerful franchise. There are still no details on plot or casting choices as of yet, but there will be more updates to follow. Fans of the show are among those who are the most hopeful for the success of Power Rangers and their reboot.
By Mike White