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Cinematic reimaginings of beloved children’s programs has become incredibly popular – as well as profitable – in recent years. From G.I Joe to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, studios seem to be aggressively trying to find the next icon to introduce to a new generation. One such property on the horizon is Power Rangers – but now it seems the upcoming reboot won’t change too much about the original series.
A new announcement made from the official Power Rangers Twitter account indicates that the upcoming Power Rangers will feature the same central characters from the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series, check it out below:
This announcement seems to indicate that the upcoming Power Rangers movie will not be a continuation of the franchise, but a reboot that introduces audiences to new versions of the now familiar characters. The return of Zack, Jason, Billy, Kimberly, and Trini will most certainly please longtime fans who spent their childhoods with the characters, but it could also introduce problems of its own. Mishandling of well-known characters often turns audiences off to reboots – a problem superhero films such as Green Lantern know all too well.
The Power Rangers themselves already dealt with an issue like this over the last year when a fan made Power Rangers movie – featuring the original characters – premiered on the Internet. Unlike the original series, this project sought a harder, grittier aesthetic by incorporating violence and drug use that was unprecedented for a Power Rangers film. Some fans loved the mature rendering of the iconic characters, but others felt it did not suit them or the universe.
However, despite the return of such familiar names, the tweet did feature one notable absence: Tommy Oliver. Tommy was not an original member of the team when the show premiered, but was eventually brought into the fray when he was recruited to become the initially villainous Green Ranger. Throughout the course of the show, the Green Ranger ultimately joined the team, going on to become the longest running Ranger in the history of the franchise. His absence from the announcement seems particularly poignant when one considers that actor Jason David Frank – who portrayed the character – has been a major champion of the upcoming film. Perhaps if this movie is successful, he'll show up down the road.
At its very core, this announcement means that Power Rangers will have an almost guaranteed success with kids from the '90s. Effective utilization of nostalgia could make the film one of the most successful updates in recent memory – more Transformers than Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
We will bring you more information as it becomes available, but for now the new versions of the original Power Rangers are slated to come to the silver screen sometime in 2017.