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Re-Envisioning Power Rangers in a Dark Short Film

Submitted by on February 25, 2015 – 3:32 pmNo Comment


What happens when you combine fandom, money, and directorial experience? You get an over the top, visually stunning, amazing well-choreographed, reimagining of a  T.V. show that was a staple of 90’s pop culture.

Created by veteran music video director Joseph Kahn (who is responsible for Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name,” Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space”), whose feature directing credits include the amazingly terrible Torque and slightly underrated Detention. Power/Rangers is everything but the 2016 movie will probably never be. That’s because Kahn thinks the gritty reboot trend is crap, and when he made his entirely unauthorized fan film, he went overboard. 

I think the trick that I really wanted to do with this was to make that dark and gritty version that everybody keeps talking about, but really do it,” Kahn told HitFix. “Really see if I could accomplish it with essentially a really incredible, incredibly silly property.”

Described by Kahn as a “deboot,” it’s a star-studded affair, with Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff as Pink Ranger Kimberly Hart, James Van Der Beek, as the second Red Ranger Rocky DeSantos, and Russ Bain (the voice of Rodrik Forrester in Telltale’s Game Of Thrones ) as Tommy Oliver.

People who grew up with the series will recognize the use of the original character lineup from the early seasons, but that’s where the similarities end. It’s vulgar, bloody, and NSFW (the safer version is above). If you’ve ever wanted to see the Power Rangers snorting drugs, firing guns, and taking on highly choreographed knife fights, this fan film is for you. It’s even more extreme than Kevin Tancharoen’s Mortal Kombat web series, taking a cartoonish kung-fu fantasy and turns it into a blood-soaked vengeful conflict.

That’s entirely intentional, Kahn told HitFix, because the box office dominance of adapting established properties into PG-13 movies prevents this kind of boundary-pushing content when constrained by a franchise overprotected for financial viability.

It’s somewhat astounding that the guy behind Torque and the video for Sisqó’s “Thong Song” embodies the voice of reason on the proliferation of the “gritty reboot” business model—one that craves dark realism but also content sanitized enough to reach the widest possible audience. But because he called in a bunch of favours and worked outside the system, Power/Rangers is a glimpse at the kind of crazy ideas that would be possible if branding wasn’t so tightly controlled.

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