Earlier this week, it was announced that the Power Rangers reboot began production in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The film will be based on the original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers television series that ran from 1993-1996. In the show, Zordon recruits five “teenagers with attitude” to protect and save the world from Rita Repulsa and her monsters. High school friends Jason, Zach, Billy, Trini and Kimberly are transported to the Command Center where they become the Power Rangers. In the reboot, things will be slightly different, according to director Dean Israelite.
The new movie will reflect modern times and deal with issues that teenagers today must deal with. Unlike the show, the teens are not friends from the beginning. It is unclear whether they are enemies or just don’t know each other but this is a good idea. Teenagers deal with adversity from all directions which they must overcome. By having them not be friends, it teaches a lesson about coming together and learning to rely on each other to reach a common goal. The names of the characters were kept true to the show to preserve the spirit of the original for longtime fans and maintain the cultural diversity, which is also why Israelite chose the cast he did. “From the very beginning, diversity was a very important part of the whole process,” he said. “We switched all of the races around, but we made sure that the essence of each of those characters are who they were in the original show, and this really will be an origin story of those characters.” For the first time, thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we have the first group photo of the new Rangers.
The Rangers will get updates suits as well thanks to Weta Workshop who did work for the Lord of the Rings franchise. According to Israelite, the suits will reflect the Power Rangers but will also have a “really modern, edgy, badass, aspirational quality.” He went on to say, “We’ve really pushed ourselves to make them feel different from any other superhero costume that’s out there. One key that’s different to the Power Ranger suits is that they’re not really suits that people get into. They’re suits that morph onto our kids, so they already have this almost metaphysical quality to them.” That will be interesting to see screen considering we’re so used to them morphing, being covered in lights and special effects for a few seconds, then they appear in their suits.
We already know Elizabeth Banks was cast as Rita Repulsa but will this be the same Rita we know from the show? Israelite offered some insight to that question. It’s very exciting that we got [Banks], and I think what she loves is the opportunity to really embrace the insanity and deliciousness of Rita Repulsa in terms of how weird and wonderful that character was, and really dive into and consume that character,” Israelite said. “You should always be off-balance when you’re watching her. Is she insane? Is she totally calculated? Does she know what she’s doing? Elizabeth can toe that line really well.” I am certainly intrigued. Elizabeth is a great actress so I know she will do very well in the role and will bring her own personality into it.
From the information that has been gathered so far, the movie seems to be moving along well. Brian Tyler will be scoring the music which is a plus. He is a talented composer which plenty of hit movies to his name. Dean Israelite seems to be respecting the original show and its fanbase which gives me hope this movie will do fine. I do look forward to knowing who will play Zordon and what he will look like and if Rita will have her usual henchman or not. There are so many questions to be answered about this movie so make sure to check back regularly for those answers and may the power protect you!