Lionsgate is currently knee-deep in production on their big-budget reboot of the Power Rangers franchise, and over the past few weeks they’ve pulled back the curtain to reveal early looks at Elizabeth Banks as the villainous Rita Repulsa, as well as the first glimpse of the revamped costumes for our teenage heroes.
While the response from fans has been decidedly mixed, Lionsgate executives seem to be incredibly pleased with director Dean Israelite’s approach to these characters and the universe they inhabit - in fact, the studio is envisioning a lengthy series of Power Rangers films.
During a conference call earlier today, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told investors:
“We are really really excited about the ‘Power Rangers’ movie. We could see doing five or six or seven.”
Let me be the first to say it: this is absolute insanity. It’s bad enough when studios try to turn everything into a trilogy, or try to squeeze a few more dollars out of a franchise by splitting the final film into two parts. But thinking about a seven-film series when the first volume hasn’t even been completed yet? It just feels absurd, and much like Warner Bros – who are rumored to be planning a number of Suicide Squad spinoffs – I think Lionsgate is getting way ahead of themselves here.
I know this sounds crazy, but how about concentrating on making the first film as good as it can possibly be, and capable of standing on its own? If the film works, brings in some cash and the fans want to see more, then we can start talking about where to go next. But of course, that’s not the way things are done in Hollywood. Silly me.
Power Rangers stars Dacre Montgomery as Jason the Red Ranger, RJ Cyler as Billy the Blue Ranger, Naomi Scott as Kimberly the Pink Ranger, Becky G as Trini the Yellow Ranger, and Ludi Lin as Zack the Black Ranger. It’s scheduled to hit theaters on March 24, 2017.
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