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Power Rangers To Return With Mighty Morphin' Movie

The Power Rangers are coming back to the big screen with the help of Lionsgate, one of the production companies behind "The Hunger Games."

By Adam Falk | May 7, 2014

​Nineties kids, rejoice.

A new, live-action Power Rangers film is in the works. It will be a collaboration between Rangers creator Haim Saban and Lionsgate. (Via Fox / "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers")

When announcing the film Wednesday, Saban mentioned Lionsgate's track record, specifically with "The Hunger Games," "Twilight" and "Divergent." (Via Lionsgate / "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire", Lionsgate / "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." (Via Saban Brands)​

Of Saban's comments, MTV says, "By the sound of it, Saban and Lionsgate seem to be trying to market the new 'Power Rangers' as the next big franchise ... with perhaps the darker, grittier feel that's made those Young Adult films so successful."

"It's morphin' time." (Via Nickelodeon / "Power Rangers: Super Megaforce")

But remember, the show still exists today. Like the others, "Power Rangers Super Megaforce" is geared toward kids.

And according to The Verge, "The franchise has become popular again in recent years among its young audience members."

But don't count out an old-school reboot just yet.

The release specifically mentions that the film franchise — and yes, apparently it's already a franchise — will "re-envision the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers." (Via Saban Brands)​​

That's the name attached to the original series, which debuted in 1993. Yeah, it's OK to feel really old. (Via Fox / "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers")

A writer for Forbes says, "With the current wave of 1980's nostalgia in full swing, it was only a matter of time before we started getting cinematic adaptations of kid-centric properties from the 1990's."

The brand has tried morphin to the big screen twice before. (Via 20th Century Fox / "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie")

"We're the Power Rangers."

Some of us might have loved the movies, but neither was an outright critical or commercial success. As for round three, no word on who might direct or star in it.

Although Entertainment Weekly reports Jason David Frank, who played the Green Ranger, said in 2013 he thinks his character could have a Wolverine-style spinoff of his own.

 

This is already getting out of hand.

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