Power Rangers Sequels

With Disney CEO Bob Iger thinking that Marvel movies could go on forever, and Transformers movies planned to the end of the decade, it should come as no surprise to hear that Lionsgate hopes their revamped Power Rangers movie will be the start of a new franchise. But Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer may be just a little over zealous with his estimates for how many movies they’ll make featuring the imported super team. In a conference call with analysts today, the CEO said:

“We are really, really excited about the ‘Power Rangers’ movie. We could see doing five or six or seven.”

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power rangers suits

I’m approaching director Dean Israelite‘s upcoming big screen Power Rangers movie from the perspective of someone who is the right age to have watched the original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers series in its earliest incarnation but bears no actual, lasting love for the series. I recognize the iconography and know more about it than I wish I did (kids are such sponges, huh?), but I can’t say I’m particularly excited about a new version. I have no emotional stake in this one.

So when I shrug and say “The new Power Rangers suits have been revealed and they look totally fine and perfectly adequate and more than get the job done,” you can judge me based on my particular perspective.

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Elizabeth Banks Rita Repulsa

Earlier this year, the first image from the reboot of Power Rangers arrived, showing off the new teenagers who will be endowed with an ancient power that will allow them to protect their city from a ruthless villain hellbent on conquering Earth. We didn’t get to see our new heroes in their power suits. Instead, they were posing for an image that easily could have been a Hollister ad.

But now we finally have an idea of the style this Power Rangers reboot will be aiming for, with a first look photo of Pitch Perfect and The Hunger Games star Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa. The original version of the villain can be seen above, but the new Rita Repulsa looks much different, like a grimy version of Poison Ivy or a new alien from the saucy Species franchise.

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Power Rangers plot details

The Power Rangers are mightily morphin’ into something a bit more modern. Shooting has just commenced on Lionsgate’s new feature film based on the 1990s franchise, and today we have the first look at the new team — along with loads of new details about the casting, the costumes, and the badass villain, Rita Repulsa (played by Elizabeth Banks). See it all below.  Read More »

Power Rangers starts production

How are Power Rangers fans feeling about the upcoming reboot? I’m not a fan of the show and don’t know anyone who is, including Jacob Hall, but do they like the direction this film is going in? It was certainly hard to knock casting Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect 2) as the villain, considering she’s Elizabeth Banks, but is this a property fans actually want to see return to the big screen?

Well, whether they do or not, this movie is happening. The Power Rangers movie starts production today, and a press release was sent out highlighting the cast and crew, including screenwriter Max Landis (ChronicleAmerican Ultra).

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power rangers casts elizabeth banks

Let’s just get this out of the way right now: Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers was a bad show. You liked it when you were a kid and remain fond of it now because nostalgia is nice and comforting, but let’s not pretend it is anything worthy of adoration in 2016. You, as human being of sound body and mind capable of going online and reading an article, should look upon Lionsgate’s upcoming Power Rangers movie with a certain amount of dread. This is what it means to be an adult. This and taxes and horrible weddings you must attend out of social obligation. I’m sorry. But it’s true.

And yet, the news that Elizabeth Banks has been cast as the lead villain in director Dean Israelite‘s upcoming film somehow manages to speak volumes about what kind of movie they’re making. I’ll say this much: if you insist on making a Power Rangers movie, casting someone as delightful as Banks is a step in the right direction.

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Power Rangers plot details

If you thought Power Rangers‘ January release date seemed like a bad sign, maybe this will seem more promising: Lionsgate has just delayed the picture two months to March, which in turn bumps The Divergent Series: Ascendant to summer. Get more details on the Power Rangers and Divergent release dates after the jump.  Read More »

Power Rangers plot details

The Megazord sequence has been initiated! Or at least it can be, now that Lionsgate has completed casting on the core Power Rangers team. Becky Gomez (Empire) has just been cast as the Yellow Ranger, joining RJ Cyler as the Blue Ranger, Ludi Lin as the Black Ranger, Dacre Montgomery as the Red Ranger, and Naomi Scott as the Pink Ranger. Meanwhile, new rumors about the plot and budget of the upcoming film have been revealed. Meet the Power Ranger Yellow Ranger and get the latest updates after the jump.  Read More »

RJ Cyler in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

The “Me” part of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is shipping off for Kong: Skull Island, while the “Dying Girl” part is ready to play in Ready Player One. Now the “Earl” part has booked his next high-profile role as well. RJ Cyler will play the Blue Ranger in Power RangersDean Israelite‘s upcoming “reimagining” of the ’90s TV series.

The rest of his squad includes Ludi Lin as the Black Ranger, Naomi Scott as the Pink Ranger, and Dacre Montgomery as the Red Ranger. Now we just need a Yellow Ranger to complete the Megazord. Read about the latest Power Rangers casting after the jump.  Read More »