The Power Rangers are getting another shot at the big screen.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, I Am Not Okay With This co-creator Jonathan Entwistle has signed on to develop a new film and TV initiative based around Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers for eOne and Hasbro. Entwislte was already involved in developing a new film for the Power Rangers brand at Paramount, but now the vision extends to a shared universe between the project and a proposed television series.
Based on the Japanese sentai series of the 1980s, Power Rangers came to the states via Saban Entertainment, which used actual material from various sentai shows spliced with scenes of fresh-faced American youths to create an economical afternoon kids program for the ’90s. The idea worked as the series — recast and renamed numerous times — continues to air new episodes. It also spawned three theatrical films in its 25+ year history. Two tied directly to the television show while the most recent, 2017’s Power Rangers attempted to reboot the idea. It did not live up to expectations and factored in Saban’s decision to sell the entire brand to Hasbro.
In a statement, Entwistle said spearheading the new initiative is “an unbelievable opportunity to deliver new Power Rangers to both new and existing generations of awaiting and adoring fans,” adding, “we’ll bring the spirit of analog into the future, harnessing the action and storytelling that made this brand a success.”
Considering Entwistle’s work on I Am Not Okay With This, he brings a strong writing talent and an understanding of teens to the table. Although, we’ll be honest, we’re just a year or two out of the original Power Rangers target demographic and lack a certain nostalgia for the brand. That said, there’s no reason kids from the 90s shouldn’t see their favorite shows or toy lines re-introduced with higher production values and quality writing.