Lionsgate Sets Power Rangers Movie as Franchise Starter

MIghty Morphin Power Rangers

Lionsgate and Saban Brands are partnering to develop and produce a live-action movie based on Saban’s Power Rangers property as the first film in a franchise.

The movie deal was announced by  Haim Saban and Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer.

Saban launched “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” in 1993 as a live-action TV series. It  has been in continuous production ever since, with the series renamed each year — the latest being “Power Rangers Super Megaforce,” which began airing in February.

The new film franchise is aimed at re-envisioning the Rangers, a group of teenagers chosen to protect the world from a group of alien invaders. The Rangers have the ability to “morph” into superheroes and pilot giant robots.

The Power Rangers movie announcement came a day after media mogul Saban unveiled Saban Films as a North American distribution operation that will acquire and distribute eight to 10 movies a year.

“Lionsgate is the perfect home for elevating our Power Rangers brand to the next level,” said Saban in a statement. “They have the vision, marketing prowess and incredible track record in launching breakthrough hits from ‘The Hunger Games’ to ‘Twilight’ and ‘Divergent.'”

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Haim Saban and his team to maximize the potential of this immensely successful and universally recognized franchise,” said Feltheimer. “The Power Rangers stories and characters have been embraced by generations of audiences for more than 20 years, and today they are more powerful than ever.”

Saban produced “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie” in 1995 with TV cast members Amy Jo Johnson, David Yost, Johnny Yong Bosch, Karen Ashley, Steve Cardenas and Jason David Frank. The film was released by Fox and grossed $66 million worldwide.

Saban also produced 1997’s “Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie” as a bridge between the “Power Rangers Zeo” and “Power Rangers Turbo” TV seasons. Fox also handled the release of the second film, which grossed only $9 million worldwide.

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  1. Christian says:

    Thank you for reporting the news of a new Power Rangers film with integrity and accuracy, unlike most other news sources.

    Given the potential this idea has, the power of Lionsgate’s marketing, and the dedication shown by Saban Capital Group/Brands/Films with the Power Rangers property, they’ll turn out a potential hit.

    We’ll see what they develop in the coming months. Kudos, Saban!

    (As a correction to another post mentioning Sentai/Tokusatsu counterparts, Gokaiger is the source for Super Megaforce, Kyoryuger is the source for next year’s Dino Charge adaptation of Power Rangers, though good on you for mentioning Toei’s much more advanced and successful marketing strategy for Super Sentai in Japan.)

  2. In Japan, they’ve been making theatrical movies based on their annual sentai series for years. (The sentai franchise provides the American Power Rangers series with their action and zord footage.) With this new movie, I would hope that Saban chooses a recent Power Rangers season. I happen to like the current cast a great deal, as seen in last year’s “Power Rangers Megaforce” and this year’s “Power Rangers Super Megaforce.” They’d be fine in a movie. And bring the cast of Japan’s “Kyoryuger” over for a cameo appearance. (“Kaizoku Sentai Kyoryuger” is the Japanese counterpart of “Super Megaforce.”)

  3. Ethan says:

    Ugh! Not again!

  4. John says:

    I was hoping for it to happen soon! It ought to be a mighty morphin power ranger reboot with a serious type formula since Michael Bay’s Transformers saga.

  5. Molly says:

    Well this 90’s child is suupppperrrr excited. No shame here, I’d give it a chance. Kids shows/cartoons today couldn’t be any worse. Everyone needs to go back to the drawing board.. Good luck to them.

  6. Chelsea says:

    !!!! Go Go Go Power Ranger !!!!.

  7. Glennc says:

    This sounds really really dumb! Of all the great scripts/projects out there that don’t see the light of day and what do they do!!!….pick up this again! Unbelievable!!!!

  8. lboogie81 says:

    Reblogged this on The Student Becomes The Teacher and commented:
    WHAT!?!? My middle school self is FREAKING OUT! Will they cast Jason David Frank @jdfffn as the White/Green Ranger?! XOXO

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