By Matthew McKibben | May 7, 2014
Lionsgate and Saban Brands are teaming up to bring the long-running and youth-centered Power Rangers to a big screen near you.
“Lionsgate is the perfect home for elevating our Power Rangers brand to the next level,” said Saban. “They have the vision, marketing prowess and incredible track record in launching breakthrough hits from The Hunger Games to Twilight and Divergent. In partnership with the Lionsgate team, we’re confident that we will capture the world of the Power Rangers and translate it into a unique and memorable motion picture phenomenon with a legacy all its own.”
Launching more than 20 years ago, the Mighty Morphing Power Rangers have seen numerous variations and countless episodes, though they’re usually pretty similar from episode to episode. Having a three-year old son who is addicted to the show, I speak from a position of mind-numbed authority when I say the formula is as such: teens gain magic morphing powers that turns them into the Power Rangers, aliens attack, some form of internal conflict happens with one of the Rangers, they easily solve said internal conflict, they turn into Power Rangers, the guitar music blares, aliens are defeated, and everyone laughs at the end.
While I’m being flippant, I’m honestly genuinely curious to see what both Lionsgate and Saban Brands do together. Lionsgate isn’t a huge production company but they’ve had a string of hits with everything from Kevin Hart’s Let Me Explain to the Hunger Games movies, to The Expendables 2. Saban Brands has been producing this show for 20+ years so there’s obviously a market and an appeal that keeps this long-running show on the air. And I’ll admit that there are times when I’ve been watching the show with my kiddos and have enjoyed what I’m watching. Depending on the variation you’re watching, the action can at times be pretty decent (for a modestly budgeted kids show). There’s often a large alien vs gigantic robot fight scene (depending on the version you’re watching) that, while extremely cheesy, can be pretty appealing to my inner-12 year old. I’ve often wondered if they were ever going to make the jump to the big screen in a non-cheesy, darker kind of way. In a Hollywood where DC and Marvel duke it out over the noise of Michael Bay’s Transformers and countless animated movies, it makes sense we’d finally see the Power Rangers on the big screen.