How Can the New ‘Power Rangers’ Film Have Continuity?

By July 22, 2014
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If you stopped watching Power Rangers when you were a kid, the news that the franchise — which is now spawning a brand new feature film — has been in existence for twenty seasons and has seen the creation of no less than 17 different themed series across its run (including the current incarnation of the television series, “Power Rangers Super Megaforce,” which debuted back in February) might have been just a touch surprising. That’s just a lot of Power Rangers. And while the news that a new Power Rangers film is indeed getting made in the current Hollywood landscape (one that loves franchises and remakes and reboots) — with Roberto Orci on board to executive produce and superhero stalwarts Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz set to script — seems fairly obvious, the way that the film will play out, well, isn’t.

When Orci, Miller, and Stentz came on board last week, Ben noted that THR shared one slim detail on the feature: “the new movie promises to completely re-envision the Rangers, a group of high school kids who are infused with unique and cool super powers but must harness and use those powers as a team if they have any hope of saving the world.” See: completely re-envision. Apparently, that’s not true.

Over at IGN, Orci reveals that the film will actually have continuity with the series — which is kind of weird, because even the series itself doesn’t really have consistent continuity (sure, the bad guys seem to stay the same, but those heroes definitely change a lot).

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Orci told the outlet that when it comes to the tone and aims of the feature:

Part of it is seeing what we remember of it; our generation and what our memories of it are. Part of it is seeing the fans of it today. There are a lot of kids that love it today, and so it’s about doing your homework. You talk to everybody who loves it and you find out why they love it and then you figure, what is the appropriate translation of that, tonally, to now? We have the added benefit of a movie is going to be two hours, or whatever it is, so it’s gotta have an arc and a reality to it that maybe you don’t have a chance to do all the time. That’s going to be the exciting part.

And when it comes to “doing your homework”? Well, Orci has done it. He shared:

One of the first things we did was learn and read…They have 600 pages of research that they have on their stuff. We read through the synopsis of everything they did and we are actually taking into account quite a bit of the canon in a real way. We’re not just a leave it behind reboot. [Haim] Saban cares very much about that. This is something that he created. I had to go to his house, personally, to tell him, “Listen, I’m your man. Miller and Stenz, these are your guys. I promise you I won’t ruin your franchise.” And he said, “It’s very important to me, because kids around the world know what the Power Rangers are. So you can’t just come in here and walk all over it. It better be consistent with what I’ve been doing.” And I said, “Yes sir!”

And that continuity? Orci didn’t mince words: “It’s got a continuity within the world. I can’t tell you what, but it does have a continuity.” It’s going to be the villains, right, Orci? And the suits? The colors?

This new Power Rangers movie does not yet have a release date — Orci also shared that the film’s script is not yet done and they have not picked a director, so we’ve got a little bit of time on this one. Are you a Power Rangers fan? Is there something — or someone — you want to see from this new film?

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss, Film.com, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.