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'Saban's Power Rangers' Morphs Onto the Big Screen in 2017

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When Lionsgate announced it was rebooting Power Rangers with a feature film, many questions filled fans’ little millennial heads. Will it be just like the original TV show? Will we all still have a crush on the Pink Ranger? We now have answers to at least some of those questions, thanks to Collider.

The official title: Saban’s Power Rangers. Haim Saban is a co-creator of the Power Rangers, so maybe there’s a little bit of a “Tyler Perry presents” thing going on here. Granted, Marvel also sticks its company title before each of its big-screen escapades, but that moniker’s long been a household name.

Speaking of names, it doesn’t appear as though any of the Rangers are going to have the same names as in the original series, so it’s safe to say we’ll be getting brand-new characters stinking up those cramped Dinozord cockpits. Which also means we’ll probably be getting new stories and, hopefully, a less-lame Zordon. Why are these kids taking orders from a bald floating head, anyway?

This time around, the Rangers’ skin colors do not define their outfit color, thankfully. Very progressive, Mr. Saban.

Here’s another good tidbit: The price tag for this film has been pegged at $35 million. Now that sounds pretty low, considering there’s going to be a huge Dino robot punching things. Pacific Rim cost $180 million. To be fair, the first Power Rangers movie cost $15 million … and most of that was probably spent on Ivan Ooze’s makeup.

The last big point to report on is that the project has a director: Dean Israelite, whose last film, Project Almanac, failed to move the needle, critically or commercially, when it was finally released in early 2015 after several lengthy delays. Here’s hoping his team has better luck this time around.

Saban’s Power Rangers is set to morph into theaters on the mighty Jan. 13, 2017. So you’ll just have to practice your Power Rangers “body talk” gesturing and watch all 23 Power Ranger series until then.

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