About The Production
In 1984, while on business in Japan, producer Haim Saban found himself
mesmerized by a popular live-action television show called "Super Sentai." "I
was watching these five kids in Spandex fighting rubber monsters and I fell in
love with it," he recalls. Saban tracked down the show's owners and secured the
rights worldwide outside of Asia. When the show premiered in 1993, it became the
most-watched children's television program in the U.S. More than that, it became
a cultural phenomenon around the globe.
"It was one of the first multi-ethnic superhero shows and also one of the first
to feature superhero girls," says Saban. "It really struck a chord and ever
since, it has been on air in more than 150 countries."
Now a new feature film based on the show, Saban's Power Rangers, re-envisions
the Power Rangers as five ordinary high-school teens who discover they have
acquired unique super powers and must join forces to save the world.
Given the Power Rangers' huge and ardent fan base, the filmmakers knew they
needed to deliver a film that would satisfy longtime devotees as well as
newcomers to the franchise. "When it first launched, the series developed a
massive global following which has continued to grow and become
multi-generational over the past 23 years," comments Saban producer Brian
Casentini. "We love our fans as much as they love the franchise so we made sure
that, as we developed the film's script, we stayed true to the original Mighty
Morphin Ranger characters, but added additional layers of dimension to each of
The film's director, Dean Israelite, grew up watching "Mighty Morphin Power
Rangers" in South Africa. "It became a phenomenon there, just as it did all
around the world," he says. "What I remember most is how empowered the show made
you feel. When it emerged that this project was going to re-imagine the show, I
was very excited. I knew if I could tap into the feeling of the original it
would be an incredible adventure."
Remaining true to the spirit of the television series has been fundamental to
every decision made by the production team, says Israelite. "We are here because
of the fans who have sustained the series for over 23 years. It's imperative
that they come out of this movie feeling like we have taken what they love - and
we love - about the series and brought it to life in a contemporary way while
respecting the mythology." To play the iconic Power Ranger roles, the filmmakers
assembled a diverse ensemble of emerging young stars who share many
characteristics with their characters, and their predecessors in the roles, says
"The cast embodies the spirit of the original Rangers and who they were," he
observes. "Australian actor Dacre Montgomery, who plays the Red Ranger, is such
a conscientious, focused guy in real life. It's amazing. He is a born leader.
Before any of the actors knew each other, he was the one making sure they were
all coordinating because they were from all around the world."
British actress and singer Naomi Scott plays Kimberly, the Pink Ranger. "She is
a leader in the group in her own right and she's such a studied actor with an
incredible craft that she brings a depth and humanity to the character that I
think will be exciting for the audience," says Israelite. "What I'm proud of is
that this isn't a movie where the female lead is there to serve the male lead.
She is wounded and complex and goes on her own important journey in the film."
American R. J. Cycler, who plays Billy the Blue Ranger, brings to the role a
distinct personality and acting skill set, according to the director. "He brings
his own spin to every moment in the script. Most importantly his unique brand of
humor and heart is infectious."
Becky G, who plays Trini the Yellow Ranger, hails from Southern California. "She
has her own philosophies on life, much as the original character did. She may be
as quiet as the original Trini was, but beneath it all she's fierce. She has an
incredibly strong presence in everything she does.
"Then we've got Ludi Lin, who plays Zack, the Black Ranger," Israelite
continues. "Ludi has had an adventurous life; he can tell you where he's lived
in the world and the sort of mischief he's gotten himself into and out of. He
personifies the wild spirit that Zack had and should have. There's never an
emotional challenge or a physical stunt that Ludi will back away from and I
think that courage embodies the original character perfectly."
In addition to the exhilarating superhero action elements and the infectious
camaraderie of the Power Rangers, the film spotlights interpersonal issues that
teens grapple with and that everyone can
relate to, says producer Marty Bowen. "Not everyone is captain of the football
team, or student council or 'most likely to succeed' or 'most beautiful.' The
rest of us don't fit into those categories, we have challenges, we have issues
with our parents, with our friends, and sometimes we feel alienated. So while
the film focuses on the fun of a group of high-school kids being superheroes
with their friends, we also wanted to counterbalance that with some of the
realities of being a teenager today. I think that is what gives this film real
At its core though, Saban's Power Rangers is a thrilling adventure, says
Israelite. "We go on a fantastic odyssey with these kids, which allows them to
come of age in ways that are meaningful and profound. But they also have a lot
of fun and so will the audience."
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