A short film reboot of the “Power Rangers” is now making headlines after being originally posted in Vimeo and YouTube. The viral short film was produced by Adi Shankar, the same guy that gave us “Lone Survivor” and “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” and was co-written by its director and uploader Joseph Kahn.
The reboot, or rather a deboot, as Shankar claimed it to be, is darker than the original “Power Rangers” that most fans grew up with. This version is really not a film for the kids since it includes intense action scenes, some nudity, blood, gore and heavy language as reported by E! News. The video also includes a disclaimer: “POWER/RANGERS: Deboot of the Power Rangers. My take on the FAN FILM. Not a pilot, not a series, not for profit, strictly for exhibition. This is a bootleg experiment…”
The said disclaimer, however, does not prove to be helpful in stopping the owner of the “Power Rangers” franchise, Haim Saban, from making moves against Kahn. Deadline reported about Kahn claiming to be harassed by Saban. The video was taken down from Vimeo because of complaints by Saban Brands. Meanwhile, a report The Wrap quoted Joseph Kahn claiming that every footage in the short film was an original footage and that no pre-existing “Power Rangers” footage was used in its entirety.
The 14-minute short stars James Van Der Beek from “Dawson’s Creek” as the Red Ranger and Katee Sackhoff of “Battlestar Galactica” as the Pink Ranger. Other actors included in this short film were Will Yun Lee, Russ Bain and Gichi Gamba. Watch the video on YouTube and see for yourself and decide if this is something that will definitely cause a courtroom duel between both entities.
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