The Power Rangers are all grown up and the future looks … dark.
Film producer Adi Shankar and director Joseph Kahn teamed up to create a bootlegged, revisionist future version of the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” in 14 minute short film called “Power/Rangers.” The fan film imagines that the Rangers have matured past their teenage years, and now live in a much bleaker world.
The video stars “Battlestar Galactica” actress Katee Sackhoff as Pink Ranger Kimberly (a role originated by Amy Jo Johnson in the TV series), and “Dawson’s Creek” headliner James Van Der Beek as disgruntled former Red Ranger Rocky (played by Steve Cardenas on the show).
In the short, Rocky has captured Kimberly, and is interrogating her, trying to figure out the location of Green Ranger Tommy who is apparently the only other Ranger still alive. The film features blood, bad language and a killer twist.
This unauthorized version is not the only iteration of the “Power Rangers” in the minds of longtime fans. Last summer, Lionsgate announced a July 2016 release date for an official “Power Rangers” movie reboot. Among the producers on the film is “Star Trek” exec producer Roberto Orci, with “X-Men: First Class” writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz penning the script.
The “Power Rangers” franchise began Stateside as a kids TV show in 1993, and the series has been in near continuous production through various iterations since “MMPR” debuted.
A NSFW version is available on Vimeo, below.
Update, 2/27: After Saban had the fan film pulled from YouTube and Vimeo, it’s now back online with a new disclaimer that reads, in part, that the unauthorized video is “not in any way associated with, or endorsed by Saban Brands, SCG Power Rangers LLC or any of their affiliated companies.” It also contains a warning for graphic violence, nudity, sexual situations and drug use.