Power Rangers Director On Updating the Franchise

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Next year we’re going to see the return of The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, a property  from the early ’90s that’s stepped in nostalgia for many people. Hell, it got so popular that it spawned off over 20 different Power Rangers TV shows and also some films till this day. Of course there’s going to be many skeptics with this show, as with any property that gets rebooted for a modern era. The question on everyone’s mind is, “how are they going to make this same story interesting if we’ve seen it before?” Well, the film’s director gives us some insight on that.

While speaking to Empire, Power Rangers director Dean Israelite shares his plan for updating this iconic property:

“I grew up on it and I have all the same questions other people have. How are we going to update this? How will it exist in the contemporary superhero cinema canon? [I] tried to add naturalism and a grounded nature [and make it] character-driven.”

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The plot is going to be the same as the original show: an alien named Rita Repulsa (played by Elizabeth Banks) is trying to release a horde of monsters to attack the earth, but her plan is opposed by her ancient enemy Zordon (Bryan Cranston) when he grants 5 regular teenagers with powerful suits and abilities that turn them into the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers that we know and love.
We all know the original Power Rangers series was definitely not big on it’s character development, but more into showing us how many flips and explosions they could produce in each episode. It’s a good approach to take with this film, and we can only hope it pays off for Israelite when Morphin time comes around and this film hits the big screen.
Power Rangers is scheduled to release on March 24th, 2017.
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