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Everybody has a franchise that he or she grew up loving. For me (and countless other 1990s kids), that property was Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Needless to say, Dean Israelite's Power Rangers is an exciting prospect for anyone who grew up on the iconic kids' series, but what other properties deserve this type of reboot? I recently had the opportunity to ask the cast of Power Rangers to pitch movies for the classic TV shows and movies that they grew up with, and they definitely had fun coming up with answers. Check out the video below to see for yourself.
Like I said above: everyone has a classic franchise that they grew up with, and the cast of Power Rangers ran with the idea of a reboot when I asked them to start throwing out pitches. There's certainly no shortage of genres or styles to choose from, as their answers range from The Powerpuff Girls and Catdog to Cagney and Lacey, That's So Raven, and Cowboy Bebop. I personally even got to have a moment with RJ Cyler where we bonded over the possibility of a Batman Beyond silver screen adaptation -- which seriously needs to happen in the DCEU. If any Hollywood development executives happen to watch this video, they would certainly be wise to take note of the suggestions that the Power Rangers cast offered. They're all gold.
At this point, it seems that any of these properties could easily receive a reboot sometime within the next few years. Nostalgia has always represented a powerful force in Hollywood, and if Power Rangers proves successful, it will only embolden studios to try and adapt more well-known properties for the modern era. If Lionsgate can make a team of teenage superheroes led by a giant floating head work for mainstream audiences, then nothing should be off limits from now on.
Of course, Power Rangers isn't the only nostalgia-drenched TV show that's already in the works for the big screen treatment. Over the course of the last few years, we have seen film adaptations of 21 Jump Street, Veronica Mars, and Sex and the City, and we will soon even see a Baywatch movie, as well as another installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise. The line between film and television continues to blur with each passing year, and Dean Israelite's Power Rangers represents the latest in a long line of TV reboots. We will just have to wait and see what Hollywood sinks its teeth into next.
While all of the reboot pitches are phenomenal, it's best if we take this one property at a time. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers will return for modern audiences when Power Rangers debuts on March 24. Make sure to check out our 2017 movie premiere guide for more information related to the rest of this year's theatrical debuts.