Grab your communicators and morphers because everyone favorite 90’s show just got a gritty fan made reboot, the one everyone has wanted, and call that one pirate villain because it’s rated RRRRRR…..get it?
The movie is, called Power/Rangers features James Van Der Beek as a badass Power Ranger that turned against his team to join the enemy, The Machine Empire, and trying to hunt down (and probably kill) everyone’s favorite ranger Tommy Oliver as he holds the Topanga Lawrence to Tommy’s Cory Matthews (90’s inception), Kimberly Hart. As he is trying to scare her, there is flashback that will even make Alpha 5 go “Ai-yi-yi-yi-yi!” because it features a lot of blood, death, gun shooting, and boobs.
Power/Rangers has been the center of controversy because “the creator” Haim Saban doesn’t approve…as well as the badass MMA fighting tattooed green ranger Tommy Oliver aka Jason David Frank. Jason said that via Facebook:
I know there’s a lot of fans out there that love it and all that stuff, but I’m just a PG-13 guy. The cuss words, the drugs, all this other stuff — it doesn’t fly with me. … The problem is that [Power Rangers is] still connected with adults and kids. You can’t take a brand like this and reboot it so dark and gritty.
The video receive over 10 millions view on YouTube and Vimeo before being pulled for copyright.
Now I watched the video and I highly enjoyed the fan film. It was amazing because they did went very in-depth on everything. It wasn’t what I was expecting when I heard about it. I thought it would just someone taking the gist of the franchise and making it new but they did it justice. I don’t think it was right to have pulled. The creator, Joseph Kahn, even said that he made it for free. He said:
“Every image in Power/Rangers is original footage. Nothing was pre-existing. There is no copyrighted footage in the short. I am not making any money on it and I refuse to accept any from anyone. It was not even Kickstarted, I paid for it myself. This was made to be given away for free. It is just as if I drew a pic of Power Rangers on a napkin and I gave it to my friend. Is it illegal to give pic I drew of a character on a napkin to someone for free? No. I just wanted to make a Power Rangers good for once. It’s kind of a silly franchise. It was an experiment in tone; it was a challenge. I took the silliest property I could think of and tried to see if I could make it serious enough.”
I think Saban should have kept it up because while he is planning the real Power Rangers movie to be released in 2016, it could have been used to help promote it. But instead, if the official reboot sucks, then it will be compared to the fan film.It should also be noted that the majority of the former rangers actually liked and enjoyed the movie. Below is the video in its entirety (hopefully, it’s still up when you read this). They also support it to be seen. Be warned, it’s NSFW. Viewer Discretion is Advised…I bet you never thought you would hear that about Power Rangers!: