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3:00 PM on 07.15.2014

Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers movie gets First Class writers

Ever since it was announced, I've been very excited for the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers reboot. Regardless of how it turns out (whether it ends up like Transformers or like Rise of the Planet of the Apes), I know I'm going ...

Nick Valdez

How To Do It: Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Reboot photo
How To Do It: Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Reboot
by Nick Valdez

The Power Rangers series is an odd one. It started out as one of Saban Entertainment's many attempts to re-dub a Japanese kids show for American audiences and turned into a juggernaut spanning 21 seasons, comics, videogames, and most importantly, three movies. Something about these rainbow spandex warriors connected with kids far more than Big Bad Beetleborgs, Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog, or VR Troopers ever did. 

With Lionsgate's (distributor of many big and current teen franchises like Divergent, The Hunger Games, Twilight) and Saban's recent announcement of a brand new Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers film, I revisited the show to try and figure how a new movie would work. Here's how to do it juuuuuust right. 

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We're getting another Mighty Morphin Power Rangers movie photo
We're getting another Mighty Morphin Power Rangers movie
by Nick Valdez

After 20 years, the Power Rangers brand has gained a huge audience. Starting out with a team of "teenagers with attitude" the (now in its 21st season) show has since gone into space, lost galaxies, apocalyptic cities, magical worlds, to fights against demons, alien armadas, and even dinosaur men. Because fandom for the show has grown stronger than ever (with the older fans creating conventions and whatnot), Saban has teamed up with Lionsgate (The Hunger Games, Divergent) to produce a film based on the original Mighty Morhpin Power Rangers series (which technically means the first 3 seasons).

The new film franchise will re-envision the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, 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.

Although it'd make more sense to take their newest series, Power Rangers Super Megaforce or Power Rangers: Dino Charge, and turn it into a film, it seems Saban wants to connect with the older audiences by rebooting the show they know. It's perfect since most of the kids who grew up with it are ironically loving jerks now. As someone who still watches the show 21 seasons later, I'm excited for this as long as it's not too serious. There's a fandom out there for a "darker" Power Rangers series and that's just stupid. Nothing about spandex warriors says "serious."

Really, you can reuse the six episode "Green With Evil" arc and I'm sure people would be good with this. 

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5:00 PM on 02.03.2014

David Goyer The Breach adaptation picked up by Lionsgate

While David Goyer might be well known for his prolific comic book screenwriting career (Man of Steel, Batman movies, Blade) his directing hasn't really been that prolific. His last effort, The Unborn, was a middling horror fi...

Matthew Razak

2:00 PM on 11.12.2013

Lionsgate considering a Hunger Games theme park

The Hunger Games series is an odd duck. It's incredibly popular while managing to be one of the darker teen stories on the market. At base level it's a series in which children murder each other for the enjoyment of rich onlo...

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 11.08.2013

Ender's Game sequel in question, TV show possible

Anyone who saw Ender's Game knows it left off with a pretty perfect set up for a whole host of sequels, and anyone who has read the book series knows there is plenty of (increasingly odd) content for them to adapt. Howev...

Matthew Razak

3:00 PM on 07.26.2013

Trailer for Disney's Planes knockoff, Wings is not a joke

In one of the weirdest moves in recent home video history, we have the newest trailer for Lionsgate's Wings. Wings is a ripoff of Planes, a Disney direct to home video sequel to Cars that is getting released in theaters...

Nick Valdez

8:00 AM on 05.15.2013

Trailer: Rapture-palooza (Red Band)

Rapture-palooza (with a newly minted hyphen) should be taken as is and nothing more. It's a straight to VOD (with a limited theater run) comedy about the Rapture that happens to star lots of recognizable faces releasing arou...

Nick Valdez

3:00 PM on 03.06.2013

Trailer: Rapturepalooza (Red Band)

Rapturepalooza is a comedic take on the Rapture, that biblical story that Jesus Christ will leave behind all sinners on Earth as the Antichrist tries to take over the world (For better reference, watch that "Rapture's Deligh...

Nick Valdez

1:00 PM on 01.22.2013

Dredd is number one in Blu-ray, DVD, and digital sales

Although Dredd may not have been my favorite film of last year, it was one of the best. Unfortunately it came and went from theaters sad and alone because of stupid reasons (it was a reboot of a sort of unknown property, it w...

Nick Valdez

8:00 PM on 01.17.2013

Trailer: Emperor

Emperor stars Tommy Lee Jones as General MacArthur as he and General Fellers (Matthew Fox) are trying to decide what do do with the Emperor of Japan after WWII. I'm not the biggest fan of history flicks, but I love watching ...

Nick Valdez

8:00 PM on 07.10.2012

Lionsgate splits Hunger Games finale in two for 2014/2015

Is it just a written law in Hollywood now that if you've got a young adult book series you're adapting into a movie series, you're legally obligated to split the final movie into two parts? Evidently so, as Lionsgate has just...

Alex Katz

7:00 PM on 04.24.2012

Charlie Kaufman to script Chaos Walking

Impish and semi-fictional screenwriter Charlie Kaufman has been brought on to adapt the first novel of young adult series Chaos Walking for Lionsgate. The studio hopes for another Hunger Games with the trilogy - a d...

Jason Savior

5:00 PM on 04.04.2012

Gary Ross not necessarily a lock for Catching Fire

Given the insane financial and critical success of The Hunger Games, you would think Lionsgate would be chomping at the bit to keep the Gold Bricks and Hookers Train a-movin' with Gary Ross at the writing and directing w...

Alex Katz

6:00 PM on 01.20.2012

Final poster for The Hunger Games lands

Nope. Still haven't read The Hunger Games, and since we're only nine weeks away from the film's release I probably won't be able to thanks to the stack of books I have in front of me right now to read before I get to them. Ma...

Matthew Razak

Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment in talks for merger photo
Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment in talks for merger
by Alex Katz

This could potentially be a very big deal. Lionsgate Entertainment and Summit Entertainment are currently in early negotiations for a possible merger. There are few details, as these are, again, early negotiations, but this has the potential to be a very big deal. Both Lionsgate and Summit are smaller-scale companies, compared to your Universals and your Disneys, However, consider the fact that Summit owns the entire film version of the Twlight franchise, and Lionsgate owns the entire Hunger Games franchise. I'm not saying Hunger Games is going to take off at the box office the way Twilight did, but they're popular books, and they're going to make somewhere around infinity billion dollars. Lionsgate also produces Mad Men, one of the best shows on television that I watch, and Breaking Bad, the best television show on that I don't watch. Don't get pissy about it. It's just a scheduling thing.

There's no telling how this is going to shake out, but it could have fairly big repercussions in the industry if it winds up going through. These two corporations represent a ton of money, and together, they could make a massive impact.

[Via Deadline]

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3:00 PM on 09.21.2011

Lionsgate acquires TIFF horror darling You're Next

Apparently, I need to start going to the Toronto International Film Festival. Everything I've seen of this year's lineup has sounded amazing, and I am wicked jealous of the folk that can go. You're Next is a home-invasio...

Alex Katz

3:00 PM on 07.07.2011

Cabin in the Woods' first image

Drew Goddard and co-writer Joss Whedon's movie, The Cabin in the Woods, had been out to pasture for some time now, apparently due to financial hold-ups. Back in April, Lionsgate agreed to distribute the movie. The intended pl...

Jamie R Stone