The highly anticipated Power Rangers movie is finally in theaters. And if it’s up to the franchise’s creator, Haim Saban, this will only be the first of many.
In an interview with Variety, Saban declared his commitment to the brand’s new cinematic universe by stating that a story arc for up to six movies is already laid out.
“We already have a six-movie story arc. If this film is as successful as I hope on March 24, on March 25 we’ll have the first story meeting for Movie No. 2.”
While Saban and Lionsgate may have a plan to fulfill six movies, their fruition to reality obviously hinges on the film’s ability to succeed financially. The movie has already received an incredibly positive reception from moviegoers of all ages.
Among the obvious directions the Power Ranger’ cinematic universe will go is towards the introduction of Tommy Oliver, the iconic Green Ranger, as hinted in the closing moments of the Power Rangers movie. Fans will also be looking for the introduction of Lord Zedd, the grim arch-nemesis of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from the 1990’s TV show.
But no matter which characters come enter the fold down the road, Saban considers it equally important to stay true to the franchise’s roots, which includes further development for the core five Power Rangers already introduced, and continued strong visual effects.
“The effects are part of the movie. We also are developing likable characters. They don’t take themselves too seriously, in terms of how they relate. I wanted the movie to say that losers or weirdos, by coming together, can realize the importance of the responsibility on their shoulders.”
Saban also stated his belief that Power Rangers could once again be something big – something that Disney was never able to achieve when they owned the franchise from 2002-2009, prior to Saban re-purchasing the property.
“I monitored from a distance what they (Disney) were doing. I think Disney never really got its arms around the value of the franchise.”