Adi Shankar Talks Removed ‘POWER/RANGERS’ Film, GeekNation Offers to Host as Mark Zuckerberg Steps In

By February 26, 2015
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Producer Adi Shankar and director Joseph Kahn’s short  fan film POWER/RANGERS, inspired by the 1990’s television series “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers,” recently took the internet by storm, garnering over 8 million views on YouTube within 48 hours of being released free online. As we detailed in a story yesterday, the gritty reimagining of the beloved television series managed to gain the attention of “Power Rangers” franchise owner Haim Saban, who then sought the removal of the video. As of early today, YouTube has complied with the copyright complaint issued by Saban, and has removed the video from their service.

Representatives of GeekNation then personally reached out to Shankar and his associates. Because of our enjoyment of the film and our overall belief in creative expression, as well as a general distaste by GeekNation of Saban’s efforts to basically get the film censored, we offered Shankar a new avenue to host the film so that fans of the “Power Rangers” franchise and of the creators involved could continue to enjoy it: namely, us.

Shankar and his organization appreciated our enthusiasm and support for his project, but instead accepted an offer by Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg to host the video on the social networking site. Because of Facebook’s immense influence, it will be far easier for Facebook and Zuckerberg to face any new legal challenges that may come from Saban, should he choose to take them.

Shankar has also issued a statement on the matter, which you can read in its entirety below:

To Whom It May Concern:

Today, I was deeply disappointed to learn that Saban Brands decided to attack my Power/Rangers “Bootleg Universe One-Shot” film. To all the viewers that enjoyed this film, I consider this an outright infringement on freedom of expression and individualism. I set out to make this film because I am a childhood fan of the Power Rangers.

As children our retinas are burned with iconic images and as we grow older these images come to represent crucial moments within the trajectories of our own lives. This film is a homage to the original creators of the Power Rangers, and a parody of a television series we all grew up loving. Films like my Power/Rangers “Bootleg” are vital expressions of creativity in our troubled world. If we suppress this creativity and become passive participants in the consumption of the culture we live in, we implicitly allow a dangerous precedent to be set for the future of the internet.

Warm Regards,

Adi Shankar

P.S. Thank you Mark Zuckerberg for hosting Power/Rangers and taking a stand.

https://www.facebook.com/theadishankarbrand

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.
  • David Johnson

    Posted it on My FB & Twitter Pages.

  • Mark Turner

    Censorship sucks. Geeknation and Facebook get my big, fat thumbs up for this one.
    Shared on FB!

  • Saban is missing a huge opportunity here. Shankar’s team makes a fun and cool fan film of the Power Rangers. Think about that for one second. Power Rangers has become relevant. Instead of attacking, they could have embraced it and leveraged into a very cool project. Missed opportunity. Lucas used to have fan film awards for Star Wars. He knew that it just helped the brand.

    • Bill Agans

      Saban’s workin’ on a power rangers movie w/ lions gate, & they’re supposed to start filmin’ this spring.

      • I think we all know who they should have hired! Haha

  • LesterSDavidson

    wow that’s crazy…I don’t understand why they didn’t wanna leave it up! companies and their darn selfish copyright technicalities, glad there was a solution though. I wish it was hosted on GeekNation (way better than FB)

    • Haha, exactly! Thanks for supporting, Lester!

  • MarkDLesniak

    Hell yeah! its the freaking power rangers…how can you deny that?? I swear youtube is becoming militant these days.

    • I’m not 100%, but I actually think this was all Saban that demanded it be removed.

  • MarkDLesniak

    Hell yeah! its the freaking power rangers…how can you deny that?? I swear youtube is becoming militant these days.

  • OTAKUSWAGGER

    it totally would have been a better fit for geeknation imo but i understand fb is soooo big…the movie was BA too so i don’t get what youtubes problem is..

    • We’re okay with them taking the legal burden… They have a few extra dollars to throw around!

  • Gary

    You know how you avoid this situation? Do something original.

    • I don’t know if you’ve see the originals, but this was pretty damn original in its own right.

  • Annie

    i mean adi did technically copy the idea…so im not that surprised. it’s nice of zuckerberg to host it on his site after it was taken down

  • kRobbie

    genius people realize geniuus things (*ahem* geeknation and mark zuckerberg)

    • Thanks, kRobbie! Those guys did something special, and in my opinion, without damaging the original content. Oh well, is what it is. Thanks for you support!

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