Almost two and a half years after its theatrical debut, the 2017 Power Rangers movie is finally coming to network television!
Syfy has earned the exclusive rights to premiere Saban’s Power Rangers Movie, premiering on TV at 9pm ET on Sunday, September 15. This puts the movie in a primetime window up against NBC’s Sunday Night Football which is expected to win the Sunday evening ratings war.
Fans can find commercials promoting the movie’s network television debut airing on Syfy all week long.
By allowing the movie to finally air for free on network television, Lionsgate will broaden the audience of their 2017 film despite Hasbro’s decision not to green-light a sequel.
Earlier this year, it was confirmed that Hasbro, the toy company and newest owner of the Power Rangers brand, will reboot the Power Rangers film franchise with Paramount at a date yet to be determined. The move disappointed many as a new cast and new story will be ushered in (click here to recap).
Despite Lionsgate’s Power Rangers movie pulling in positive word of mouth (as indicated by the film’s A score on CinemaScore), the film ultimately failed to impress critics or produce significant box office earnings, pulling in a measly $140 million at the global box office.
The movie’s failure would eventually lead Haim Saban, founder of the Power Rangers brand, to sell the franchise to Hasbro, a toy company who also owns properties including Transformers, G.I. Joe, and My Little Pony.
Hasbro will now work with Paramount to create a brand new Power Rangers film, the same company duo who created recent Transformers and G.I. Joe feature films.
Despite not returning for any sequels, the cast of Lionsgate’s movie has gone on to find renowned success with other brands since moving on from the Power Rangers franchise:
- Naomi Scott, who portrayed Kimberly the Pink Ranger, is a rising star after her recent role as Princess Jasmine in Disney’s Aladdin, and upcoming role as one of the titular Charlie’s Angels in Sony’s upcoming reboot.
- Dacre Montgomery, who portrayed Jason the Red Ranger, has found success in a starring role in Netflix’s incredibly popular Stranger Things.
- Becky G., who portrayed Trini the Yellow Ranger, continues to ascend billboard charts for her Latina music, partnering with artists including Pitbull and Bad Bunny.
- Ludi Lin, who portrayed Zack the Black Ranger, was featured in Warner Bros.’ Aqauman and Netflix’s Black Mirror, and is rumored to be a front runner for Marvel Studios’ upcoming Shang-Chi.
- RJ Cyler, who portrayed Billy the Blue Ranger, starred in MTV’s Scream and also landed a role on the CW’s Black Lightning.
Lionsgate had plans for future Power Rangers sequels to focus on the introduction of a sixth team member, Tommy Oliver the Green Ranger, as hinted in the 2017 movie’s post-credits scene. Other plans for the sequel were to introduce Lord Zedd, one of the brand’s most popular villains, as well as explore Rita Repulsa’s on-screen affinity for Goldar, as depicted by actress Elizabeth Banks in the 2017 installment.
Franchise owner Haim Saban and Lionsgate once expressed interest in doing up to six movies, citing that a six-movie story arc was already in place (click here to recap).
Ultimately, the move should not come as a surprise as Hasbro is primarily a toy company, with a mission to push toy sales. The 2017 Power Rangers movie failed to sell many toys, and the film’s unconventional designs turned some fans away from the outset. Hasbro will look to reverse that trend by rebooting the franchise with their own, more toy-friendly designs.
2017’s Saban’s Power Rangers movie follows five ordinary teens who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world- is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it’s too late, band together as the Power Rangers.
Starring Becky G., Ludi Lin, Naomi Scott, Dacre Montgomery, RJ Cyler, Elizabeth Banks, and Bryan Cranston, Saban’s Power Rangers is available on home video now.