Lionsgate’s upcoming reboot of Power Rangers is only six weeks away from hitting theaters, however, it turns out there’s another version of the teenagers with attitude already in the works. Back in 2015, Adi Shankar delivered Power/Rangers, an unauthorized bootleg version of the Rangers starring James Van Der Beek and Katee Sackhoff.
Shankar was recently announced as the showrunner for Netflix’s Castlevania series but in an interview with Polygon, Shankar revealed he’s also developing an animated reboot of the original Fox Kids series, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers that he describes as Power Rangers meets Dragon Ball Z.
“It’s a complete retelling of the first three seasons. And it’s going to be really fucking dark. Darker than any other Power Rangers series.” Shankar told Polygon.
Shankar is working on the script for the first season with hopes to launch in about eighteen months. Several networks are interested in picking up the series however, Shankar said he hopes to sell the series to Netflix:
“Netflix is doing what every other network should be doing. I’ve worked with almost every network and Netflix just gets it. The world we live in now has disrupted the idea of what entertainment is and Netflix gets it.”
Shankar has already proved he is the guy to take on an R-Rated version of the Rangers. With Netflix behind the project, Shankar hopes to turn the monster of the week series into more of an elongated film like other Netflix series such as Stranger Things and The OA.
“If you look at what shows are like today, they’re long movies. It’s a format paradigm and I want to explore creating these types of new shows with Power Rangers.”
While Shankar wants to take on a new tone and direction for the series, he plans on remaining faithful to the things that kids in the 90’s fell in love with:
“We’re going to focus on the beats of what made each show great and turn that into one, entirely new Power Rangers series.”
So what do you guys think? Are you excited to see what Shankar can do with a network like Netflix behind him? Sound off in the comments below.