The year was 1995, and during summer vacation in Ra’anana, Israel, a ten year old girl (spoiler, me) obsessed with Power Rangers was so damn stoked to see a movie adaptation of her favorite franchise. While I knew that Power Rangers was a cut and splice from a Japanese TV show (I would later learn the title Super Sentai as a teenager), I didn’t realize that without that footage, the narrative and visuals were a floundering mess.
Don’t get me wrong– the cast was charming, made up of 1/2 of the cast I was familiar with. You see, in Israel where I lived at the time, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Movie was actually released before we got to the point in the show where Jason, Zack, and Trini were replaced by Rocky, Adam, and Aisha. All good, all good, the three new Rangers were cool too. That’s not the issue. In fact, the first movie wasn’t much of an issue at all, except it was too long, got lost halfway through with the Ninja Zord narrative, was embarrassingly 90s with the generic purple ooze villain, THE MEGAZORD FUCKING SUCKED, and thought no one would notice that Rita went from Japanese to Filipino.
All Asians aren’t the same, guys! And seriously, don’t mess up the robot battle! Why do you think you have to reinvent the wheel with the robot battle? Its presence is CRITICAL.
Did I mention I was the only person in the theater? Because I was. Ten year old me, alone with my two little sisters at a 2pm movie in the middle of summer vacation.
Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie would follow suit theatrically about 2 years later, and according to Rotten Tomatoes, earned $9.6 million dollars worldwide. That is abysmal.
I’m not arguing whether or not some people have the warm and fuzzies when it comes to these movies. The only take away with these are that they were Power Rangers films that didn’t do well, plain and simple.
So with that, let’s discuss that 2017 fuck-heap for the thousandth time, shall we?
I’m not even kidding that my hate for the 2017 Power Rangers movie ended friendships or ignited new ones. It’s the cilantro of movies– you love it or hate it and there’s no inbetween. (I love cilantro, for the record). My raging disdain for the 2017 Power Rangers movie was one of my earliest PopLurker articles, and that means more to me than that movie.
Maybe the people at Lionsgate should have read my Power Rangers fantasy article or learned more about all of the Megazords conducive for the bone-zone, right? Hell, if you want to keep it family friendly, they could have at least checked out our list of the Top Ten best Megazords, or if ANYONE out there read out article about characters that were Villains All Along, they would have realized that GOLDAR WASN’T FUCKING GOLD!
Let’s not take up too much of your time– by this point you either want to give me a high five or you want to finish this article so you can yell at me and make sure I know what a something-something guzzling piece of something-something body part jerk face I am. And you’re welcome to your opinion! Thus, I’ll leave you with this:
Campy didn’t work in the past for a Power Rangers movie.
Gritty YA Bayverse treatment didn’t work in the past for a Power Rangers movie.
Powers that be in the ether keep forgetting one thing– Power Rangers is a fun, high energy show about pretty teenagers with super powers piloting a giant robot and fighting dudes in Gwar suits. Don’t mess this up– the plot makes itself!
And for the record– 2017 Kimberly was a fucking sex offender. Why don’t we talk about this more? I feel like I’m halluciating because no one else talks about it.
Beer didn’t fix that movie.
And we all know that beer fixes all of society’s problems, right?
Below is the original article, as it was reported in a Hollywood Reporter Exclusive:
Entwistle is in early negotiations to direct a new feature project that would reboot the title.
Rangers was a ’90s TV series and global marketing franchise, initially called The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, that used footage from a Japanese children’s show. The premise involved a group of kids who become superheroes, each with his or her own color-coordinated outfit and matching helmet. The show first aired on Fox Kids, then in the 2000s on Disney-owned channels. A movie also hit theaters in 1995.
Lionsgate produced and released a feature in 2017 that rebooted the title, making it less kid-friendly and giving it a more brooding YA edge. The movie bombed, grossing only $142 million worldwide on a budget of around $100 million, and plans for a series of films scrapped.
Now in Paramount’s court, Rangers is getting rebooted once more, in a way that hopes to bring the franchise to its roots. The story is said to involve a time-travel element that brings the kids to the 1990s, and in Back to the Future fashion, they have to find a way to get back to their present. Patrick Burleigh, who wrote the upcoming Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, is penning the script.
Hasbro, which bought the property from creator Haim Saban in 2018, is producing the feature via its film arm, Allspark Pictures.
On the surface, Entwistle is an outside-the-box choice for the shiny franchise as his Netflix show is dark and envelope-pushing, about the opposite of what you can get for a Hasbro property. The show, a dark comedy that he directed and exec produced and that debuted its second season in November, told of the growing friendship between a teenage boy who believes he is a sociopath and is looking for a person to kill and a girl who persuades him to ditch their homes for a road trip.
Entwistle is currently in post on I’m Not Okay With This, another Netflix show he co-created, exec produced and directed. Also teenage-centric, Not Okay focuses on a girl dealing with high school life, her budding sexuality and superpowers.
But the director, repped by CAA and Grandview, has shown he has a grasp on the voice of the younger generation, which execs hope will translate into something unique and appealing onscreen.