A very much “adults-only” short fan film, Power/Rangers, released today on the wonderful internet, didn’t take long to go viral.
Starring Katee Sackhoff of Battlestar Galactica as the Pink Ranger and James Van Der Beek of Dawson’s Creek as Red, the fan film, directed by Joseph Kahn, glimpses the now all-grown-up Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers and the bloody, drug-heavy aftermath of their lives as young and colourful soldiers.
The 14 minute short, though, was taken down by Vimeo but a “Safe For Work” version remains available on YouTube.
An actual full-length Hollywood Power Rangers film is still slotted to come out in 2016, according to IMDB, but Kahn would have nothing to do with it.
“The irony here is that I wouldn’t even want to make Power Rangers: The Movie for real,” he said in an interview for HitFix. “Like if I had to make a Power Rangers movie, this is it. It’s 14 minutes long and it’s violent and this is what I have in me. If they offered me the 200 million version, the PG-13 version, I literally wouldn’t do it. It’s just not interesting to me.”
Producer Adi Shankar (Lone Survivor, Dredd) originally pitched the idea to Kahn, who says never really had any interest in fan films according to the HitFix interview.
“Two of the worst types of filmmaking out there that are not credible to filmmakers… one is porn and the other is fan films,” he says. “So the minute that he pitched me into doing this, I thought, ‘Okay, well, that sounds like fun actually. If it’s that… completely without credibility… then that’s something I could really get my hands around and see if I could do something new with it.'”