The Power Rangers franchise has been going almost consistently on television for over 20 years, but next year, the multi-colored monster fighters are returning to the silver screen for the third time. Rebooting the original Mighty Morphin’ Powers Rangers TV series (a staple of ‘90s pop culture), the new Power Rangers movie is aiming to introduce these heroes to a new generation, while still telling a tale appealing to older fans. The blockbuster recently wrapped principal photography, but the powers that be at Lionsgate are already so impressed with the movie that they could see as many as seven sequels being released.
During a conference call with analysts (via Variety), Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer mentioned how the Power Rangers reboot could lead to numerous follow-ups in the future. He said:
We are really really excited about the Power Rangers movie. We could see doing five or six or seven.
Jon Feltheimer attributed the positive reaction (it depends on who you ask) to the protagonists’ new armor earlier this month as one of the reasons for this optimistic outlook. Ditching the spandex costumes seen on TV, the cinematic Power Rangers will wear “translucent extraterrestrial armor” that crystalizes around their bodies, though they still retain the basic design and color schemes for each Ranger. This is just one way that the reboot will distinguish itself as a YA movie series for both young and older moviegoers, akin to fellow Lionsgate franchise The Hunger Games.
While it’s hard to imagine seven Power Ranger movies this early in the game (has Feltheimer been hanging out with James Cameron during Avatar 2 production?), there’s certainly precedent for it given how connected the early TV seasons were to each other. However, these seasons also saw cast members departing and new people taking their place. Eventually it got to the point where now there’s a new lineup of characters every year or two. So it’s not like the whole cast would necessarily stay on board for the entirely of this Power Rangers movie series. Not only that, but along with these cast changes came new power sets for the Rangers. Mighty Morphin’ led to Zeo, which led to Turbo and so on. Perhaps these new Rangers will also have their abilities and weapons switched out at some point.
The Power Rangers movie’s main cast consists of Dacre Montgomery as Jason, the Red Ranger; Becky G as Trini, the Yellow Ranger; RJ Cyler as Billy, the Blue Ranger; Naomi Scott as Kimberly, the Pink Ranger; Ludi Lin as Zack, the Black Ranger; and Elizabeth Banks as main antagonist Rita Repulsa. Power Rangers fans will also remember that in the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers TV series, Tommy, the Green Ranger (later the White Ranger), eventually joined the team. There’s been no sign of a Green Ranger in this first movie, but considering how Rita created the Green Ranger power in the TV series, one can surmise that his introduction will be saved for a sequel.
Power Rangers charges into theaters on March 24, 2017.