WATCH: Katee Sackhoff, James Van Der Beek Kick Ass in ‘Power Rangers’ Fan Film

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.

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  1. eric says:

    It isn’t on YouTube any longer either…. Anyone download it?

  2. luke says:

    fuckin awesome. Its almost exactly how I wanted a reboot to look like. needs more aliens/monsters, cooler suits, better/faster choreography, and A WICKED ORIGINAL POWER RANGERS THEME SONG REMIX! I also think its important to make billy gay since the original actor that played billy was repeatedly harassed with homophobic slurs by the creators, producers, directors, and writers of the original series. also, where the fuck is zordon? there needs to be good and bad aliens. its a big universe out there! don’t know what the focus on robots was all about…. too much like transformers.

    • Chenwin says:

      Off the top of my head and fresh off the nostalgia: The Machine Empire are the second big bads after Rita and Lord Zed. This seems more like an alternate timeline vs a continuation of the story from that point. In the original Zordon’s self/energy were released to destroy/revert much of the evil of the current galaxy in the ‘Power Rangers in Space’ finale.

  3. Keith says:

    Kinda sad all the people that grew up watching mmpr are grown up now and a rated r version they could handle
    Let’s be honest power rangers now isn’t anything like the original series
    I say leave it up and grow a pair
    We all know the new movie next year will be nothing even close to this version

  4. Ken says:

    So apparently the creators of the power Rangers are pissed because this is an ultra violent R rated take. They want it down. I think this shows just how out of touch the creators are. This is an amazing example of how good an R rated power rangers would be but again Hollywood does not have the balls or mamomories to make something this special. I hate PC world sometimes. This video rocks. Screw the man.

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