power rangers

While the ‘Power Rangers’ reboot film failed to live up to most fans’ and critics’ expectations earlier this year, many thought that it may have done just well enough in total combined income – particularly from merchandising and toy sales – to warrant production company Lionsgate to work with property owner Saban Entertainment to push forward a second film.  That idea seemed to take a hit recently, however, when Saban seemingly let the trademark for the Power Rangers film’s logo to lapse – a move that many took as an indirect statement that another film would not be in the cards.

The Saban company recently took the opportunity to reply, via an official released statement:

“Power Rangers continues to own and renew hundreds of trademark registrations worldwide, including for the 2017 movie logo. The trademark registration process is very nuanced, and the status of the single application has no bearing on our ownership of or the future plans for Power Rangers. The franchise remains as strong and enthusiastic about its future as ever.”

How delightfully vague!  No official word on whether a sequel will or will not happen, but at least the door is still seeming ajar, if not outright open wide.

The ‘Power Rangers’ film released earlier this year follows five ordinary high school kids 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.  I reviewed the film upon its release, and the review can be summed up fairly succinctly in this quote:

“It’s hard to say that the film “fails” in any specific way. …You play the hand you were dealt, and when your film is based on a rock-em-sock-em sensory-overload-fest of a TV show from the ’90s (which was, in turn, based on an even-more-bonkers sci-fi/superhero mashup show from Japan), it’s hard for the rebooted apple to fall far from the source-material tree.”

‘Power Rangers’ is now available on DVD/Blu-Ray and home video.