Will a Power Rangers movie reboot set in the 90s succeed?


Power Rangers may be returning to the big screen with another reboot centered around time-traveling to the 90s. Could nostalgia save the film franchise?

News broke over the weekend (via The Hollywood Reporter) that Paramount and director Jonathan Entwistle are reportedly negotiating rebooting the Power Rangers film franchise. This comes after Lionsgate’s 2017 Power Rangers film bombed and a series of sequels was cancelled as a result. So how exactly would this possible reboot work with Hasbro, Paramount and Entwistle at the helm?

The report states that the franchise is hoping to return to its roots with “a time-travel element that brings the kids to the 1990s and, in Back to the Future fashion, they have to find a way to get back to their present.” Taking the Rangers back to the decade when the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series aired sounds like a pretty smart way to draw in former viewers craving the nostalgia factor.

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Looking back at the 2017 film, it seems Lionsgate and Saban may have tried to cater to everyone a little too much. The diverse casting and futuristic aspects of the recent reboot were held in high regard by many, but that wasn’t enough to save it from bombing at the box office with a $142 million worldwide gross on a near $100 million budget.

Did the producers not know who their target audience was? Sure, older fans went to the theaters to check out the PG-13-rated pic, but there was also a draw from older kids and young adults alike.

Personally, I really enjoyed the 2017 film, which was ironically released on my 18th birthday and marked a turning point of saying goodbye to my childhood and hello to adulthood, much like the new crop of Rangers did in their high school adventure. I enjoyed the emotionally-charged, less-campy version, but I can understand why it wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea.

Going forward, what does the future reboot entail? For those who don’t know, Jonathan Entwistle is the creator of Netflix’s The End of the F—ing World, a dark comedy following two angsty teenage outsiders on a road trip that gets darker as time goes on. With that info in mind, Entwistle may be the director that this new Power Rangers project needs.

A time-travel reboot set in the 90s shouldn’t cater to kids this time. Let this new approach be edgier than the 2017 film. Have it feature an even more realistic approach at what it would be like if five or six modern-day teenagers had to band together to travel over 20 years into the past and back to save the world. Considering Entwistle’s success with his genre, he would be a great fit to help the reboot come to fruition.

If you’re looking for a dose of nostalgia now after reading this article, check out the 1995 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie trailer:

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What do you think about another potential Power Rangers film? Should Paramount continue pursuing this idea, or do you think the franchise should be left in the past? Let us know in the comments below!