Unofficial 'Power/Rangers' Lets The Mighty Morphin' Heroes Get Dark

Katee Sackhoff and James Van Der Beek turn the childhood favorite grim.
Katee Sackhoff and James Van Der Beek turn the childhood favorite grim.

Although the property has been around for 20 years, the world has never had a "grim" version of the formerly Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers — until now. But while this new take isn't an officially sanctioned Saban product, that doesn't mean it's merely a fan film, as the presence of Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff demonstrates.

Power/Rangers is the work of director Joseph Kahn, repped by Paradigm and Bryan Brucks from Luber Roklin, is a music video director known for independent movies Torque and Detention. He told HitFix that the short isn't intended as a pitch for a "real" Power Rangers feature, but instead a finished project in and of itself.

"The irony here is that I wouldn't even want to make Power Rangers: The Movie for real," he said. "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."

Power/Rangers is produced by Adi Shankar, the man behind similar unofficial shorts The Punisher: Dirty Laundry and Venom: Truth in Journalism, as well as the movies The Grey, Dredd and A Walk Among the Tombstones.

It was Shankar who brought the cast onboard, Kahn explained. "The first person I thought of to play the main role was Katee Sackoff, and she signed onboard because Adi happened to know her," he said. "Then when I was looking for her nemesis, it was Adi who pitched [James Van Der Beek] and I think they're friends or something."

The result is something unexpected, but oddly compelling: an alternate world version of the childhood favorite that we'll likely never see again. Meanwhile, the official Power Rangers movie remains in development for a 2016 release date.

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