Cards on the table, I never really got into Power Rangers. I was a little bit older than the generation who were super into it when it hit in the U.S., and as a result it was more of a pop culture phenomenon that I watched from a distance. Because of that, I’m pretty indifferent to all the talk of a big budget Power Rangers movie—I’m excited about it as a huge genre tentpole, but I don’t have any particular emotional investment in it one way or another. That said, after watching this dark, gritty Power Ranger fan film, I hope Hollywood it taking notes, because this is awesome. Check it out.
I’m not one of the people looking forward to Lionsgate’s big screen adaptation of Power Rangers. There must be folks out there who think a serious, big budget, tentpole style remake of a cheap, silly kids show from your youth is a good idea, but that doesn’t make it any less baffling. Production, however, just received a big blow as Roberto Orci has terminated his involvement in the project due to scheduling conflicts with directing Star Trek 3.
Deadline reports that Orci has vacated his executive producer slot in order to focus on making his directorial debut with Star Trek 3. We still haven’t heard official word that he has the job, which will be the first time he ever helms anything, but if he’s willing to bail on a hefty payday like Power Rangers, it seems like a good indication that he has the job. At some point Paramount will probably confirm this, and Trek fans officially begin hating on his involvement.
You already love Karen Gillan. Being on Doctor Who for a number of years, as his companion Amy Pond, pretty much guarantees that. But add to that the fact that she’s stunningly beautiful, a talented actress, and was willing to shave her head and paint herself blue to play Nebula in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and that only further proves her awesomeness. (We really, really, really wish that Selfie show she’s in this fall didn’t look like so god-fucking-awful, she’s better than that.) And beyond all of that, she turned in one of the better ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos we’ve see yet.
The last couple of weeks have been a continual parade of celebrities trying to one up each other with these challenges, which are designed to raise funds and awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, research. Charlie Sheen dumped a $10,000 donation over his head and challenged some former costars to do the same, Patrick Stewart wrote a check and dropped some ice in a nice stiff drink, and Gillan, for reasons known only to her, dressed up like the pink Power Ranger. I don’t know why, but that doesn’t make it any less funny.
There are a lot of movies in development right now, especially when it comes to sequel, reboots, and adaptations. The likes of Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm, DC, and Warner Bros. even have their schedule set, or at least mostly set, all the way out to 2020. We’re not looking quite that far into the future, but a Power Rangers movie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, and Godzilla 2 all recently set their release dates, if you’re looking forward to any of those movies.
I’m old enough to think that the Power Rangers are totally stupid, and their continuing popularity never ceases to amaze me. But I like a lot of totally stupid things myself, so I have no room to talk when it comes to other people’s taste. And there are far more offensive things in the world, like the Teletubbies, those things are horrifying. THR reports that Lionsgate has just set the release date for a big budget adaptation for July 22, 2016.
If you’re trying to make a movie about teens who discover they have powers all of a sudden, there’s no steadfast rule that you should hire a screenwriter with experience in the matter. But it also couldn’t hurt, and the upcoming feature reboot of Haim Saban’s Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers is going to need all the non-hurt it can get. But what if that screenwriter happens to be Max Landis, who penned the surprise 2012 hit found-footage thriller Chronicle?
That’s the unconfirmed rumor being tossed around by the entertainment site SchmoesKnow, whose source not only says that Landis is behind the script, but that he’s already written the first draft and turned it into producers Saban, Jim Miller, and Alison Shearmur. That would be pretty extraordinary, considering the film was only officially revealed last week. Sure, it would technically be wasting one’s time to take longer than two weeks on a Power Rangers script, but it’s absolutely possible that the producers got with Landis on the down low ahead of time, and forced him at gunpoint to pen this thing.
When Guillermo del Toro’s CGI monsterfest Pacific Rim hit theaters this past summer, it was met with a lot of enthusiasm, much of it from people who were perfectly fine with the film wearing its numerous inspirations on its robotic sleeves. And while some of its homages were more obvious than others, the fact that the whole flick felt like a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers episode was lost on almost no one. And it’s as unsurprising as anything on Earth that someone, in this case YouTuber The Unusual Suspect, has mashed together Pacific Rim‘s visuals with the Power Rangers opening title theme. Sure, people have added the theme music to the trailer before (which was pretty cool in and of itself, as you can see below), but this is the real deal.