Castlevania showrunner wants to do an R rated Power Rangers cartoon


Adi Shankar, who was recently revealed to be part of an animated Castlevania series on Netflix, is no stranger to weird, violent projects. Known in fan circles for his “Bootleg Universe,” he’s made fan films based on Venom, The Punisher, and most recently/infuriatingly Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. His short Power/Rangers was an intentional parody because he stated how much he hated dark reboots and picked a show he disliked to ridicule it. So imagine my surprise when he now says he wants to do more of it. 

In an interview with Polygon, Shankar said he was working on a “fucking dark” animated, R rated reboot of the first three seasons of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. While it might seem like a good idea to those nostalgic for the property, remember that his original short was outright terrible. Sure some of his ideas for it sound neat like the fact he imagines a sort of Dragonball Z-esque action cartoon with less of a monster-of-the-week format, but he has yet to pitch the idea to networks. 

I’m not too worried about this because I don’t expect it to happen. With Saban in the midst of their own reboot, we won’t get anything from Shankar any time soon. Especially not a super violent cartoon, as much as some misguided individuals might want it. 

Honestly, you want a serious Power Rangers story? Read the comic series out right now. It’s got the same goofy charm of the original show, but with serious writing from a bright and creative team. 

[via Polygon]