Power Rangers: Reboot Plot and Cast

With all of Hollywood's reboots, it's time for a reboot of a childhood favorite.

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By Kevin Carter - 11/13/2009
With all of the reboots and revamps going on in the film industry today, I’d like to see the Power Rangers get a new millennium film makeover. The film won’t be a continuation of any current Power Ranger series or a new team of Rangers, but a revision of the original five. The film will start with a different team of Rangers (no one in the film will refer to them as “Power” Rangers) making their way through our solar systems in a space ship. Also onboard are Lord Zordon and his server droid Alpha. As the Rangers’ ship is about to pass Earth, it is struck viciously by an unexpected blast. The ship, damaged beyond any kind of repair, enters Earth’s atmosphere and crash-lands in the mountains of outskirt Angel Grove. All five of the Rangers are killed and Zordon is severely wounded. The credits begin to roll after this opening sequence, showing in them random flashes of Alpha building what will be the “command center” and Zordon’s life-support vessel. After all the credits have rolled, the film title will slowly appear on a black screen. Next, Alpha will be shown putting the finishing touches on the “command center”. Zordon has sunk into a depression at the loss of the young Rangers and is bitter for thinking himself responsible. Alpha pleas with Zordon that new Rangers must be found to stop “her” (some woman threatening the galaxy that is, as of now, unknown to the audience). Zordon refuses, but Alpha takes it upon himself to activate the diseased Rangers’ “morphers” (they won’t be referred to as morphers). The “morphers” are scattered about the Angel Grove area, each choosing its new possessor (Green Lantern style). The first falls to the feet of a pitcher at a high school baseball game (this is Zack Taylor). The second lands in the purse of a young teen as she steps off of a boat (this is Trini Kwan). The third crashes through a basement window and spooks and young teen as he’s playing video games (this is Billy Cranston). The fourth lands in the back seat of a girl’s open convertible (this is Kimberly Hart). Last, but not least, the fifth will hit and wake a drifting teen as he sleeps under a railroad bridge (this is Jason Lee). Each “morpher” will give each teen the same summoning message. The shots should be broken up so that the whole message stretches out as each teen listens to it. This process should be done gracefully and try not to be tacky. The film will next turn towards developing the character of the five new Rangers. Zack shows little interest in what has happened to him and ignores the message at first. Trini goes about Angel Grove trying to figure out where the device came from. Billy tries to take the device apart, but fails. Kimberly gives hers to her little brother because she thinks it’s some toy that was left in her car. Only Jason, who has nothing better to do, fulfills the message’s request. He hitches a ride out to the mountains and from there he makes his way towards the given location. Jason finds the “command center” and is amazed at the beauty of it (the “command center” should be quite a bit smaller in this film than past portrayals and look more modern). Alpha greets Jason and invites him in. Jason is even more amazed by the inside of the building, but nothing compares to what he sees next: Zordon’s giant, floating head glaring down at him. Alpha tries to reason with Zordon, but it is no use and Jason is told to leave. Jason meets Billy on his way down the mountains and the two walk down together, discussing the mystery behind these happenings. Trini learns from a fortune teller that the device is “sent from the heavens and holds great power.” This is partially true, but Trini laughs it off and locks the device away in chest at the foot of her bed. When Kimberly’s brother tries to play with the device, it shocks him and warns him that “only the chosen may wield.” Kimberly takes the device back at her brother’s request and puts it in her room. Zack threw his under his bed. Hopefully these events won’t take too long because they’ll take away from anticipated action and story. Next, we see a foreboding space ship come towards us. The ship lands on the moon and roots itself in the rock. Inside the cockpit, we see three pilots and a woman in the shadows. Some things are spoken by the pilots and they launch a missile from the ship towards Earth. The missile hits in the mountains near Angel Grove, opposite those where Zordon lies. This is nothing but a warning shot, but there are worse things to come. Alpha pleas with Zordon again, and this time he sees reason. Zordon wastes no time in calling the new Rangers himself. All five of them are beamed to the “command center” in the middle of the night. Zack is furious, Trini and Kimberly are amazed, and Jason and Billy stand idly by as they eagerly wait for an explanation. Zordon tells them this: “You five have been chosen as those most pure on this world. Each one of you has been given a device that only a Ranger a may possess. The Rangers are an intergalactic force meant to preserve peace throughout. I, Zordon, am responsible for the protection of Galaxy (some number), which you on Earth refer to as the Milky Way. Before we came to this planet, five other Rangers and I were tracking a fugitive witch named Rita Repulsa. We had followed her to this solar system, but Rita sheeted herself in magic. Before we had time to realize what was happening, Rita’s followers had destroyed our ship. The five Rangers onboard died upon impact. I survived only with Alpha’s assistance. I was once a Ranger myself. Though, now I am condemned to this chamber, for it is all that is keeping me alive.” Some better writing may be put in that, but the general idea gets across. Now knowing what their mission is, four of the five agree to fight Rita; Zack storms off and leaves his “morpher” behind. Each Ranger is sent to a different part of the world where they will be trained (this part of the film focuses on Jason’s training, as he is to be the team’s leader with Zordon incapacitated). Jason goes through a number of both physical and mental tests. In the end, Jason and the others learn to use their “morphers,” and they finally become fully garbed Rangers. The Rangers learn that the creatures after which their suits are modeled aren’t prehistoric Earth animals, but creatures that exist in different parts of the galaxy (so, they’re not really a t-rex, a triceratops, a pterodactyl, a mastodon, or a saber-toothed tiger, but the creatures are similar to those animals). Rita makes her first move and unleashes a small army of her followers on a neighboring city of Angle Grove. This being the Rangers’ first fight, things go bad pretty quickly. Jason holds his own quite well, but the others have difficulty. The Rangers retreat and find Zack waiting for them back at base. As it turns out, Rita ordered another attack at the same time as the other and Zack’s family was killed during an attack on Angel Grove. Zack is sent off to do his training as the other Rangers prepare for Rita’s next onslaught. Rita has a plan for Earth that may mean the destruction of the entire galaxy. Zordon relates a legend to Jason that tells of a monstrous creature that was imprisoned in Earth’s core 3000 years ago. Rita plans to unleash this monster and use it to destroy her enemies. Rita comes down to Earth with her next attack. She’s brought down twice as many men as the last two attacks combined. As Zack, Billy, Trini, and Kimberly try to keep Rita’s army away from the city, Jason unsuccessfully fights Rita. Rita easily defeats Jason and frees the gigantic monster from its prison. The Rangers must retreat again. However, they’re not out of the fight yet. Many years ago, Zordon had visited Earth and left some things behind. Buried deep below the Earth’s surface are six enormous robots/vehicles, each modeled after a different creature. Zordon activates these robots and the Rangers use them to fight the monster. The Rangers have little success separately, but they soon lock the robots together and form one gigantic robot (if it seems like there’s a piece missing, it’s because there’s supposed to be six pieces, the sixth of which would usually be Zordon’s robot). After a brutal back and forth, the Rangers pull out the win, sending the monster back into its hellish prison and Rita along with it. The film winds down from here and all ends well. After the end credits roll, there should be a long-haired teen sitting on a park bench and another “morpher” should fall into his lap (this will be Tommy, the popular green/white Ranger, and the “morpher” is the one that would have been used by Zordon). Whether this indicates a sequel, I don’t know. The whole idea behind Power Rangers seemed really tacky when it was originally done, but if the concept was rebooted in today’s fashion of sci-fi and action movies, I think it could make for an enjoyable film. The way I’m describing it kind of makes it seem tacky, but with a good writer and better acting this story could transfer very well to the big screen (at least better than the other Power Rangers’ movies did).

Cast
The suits and other character designs will be redesigned and revised, so with that in mind here’s my cast:

Laurence Fishburne- Zordon



Zack Braff- Alpha (voice)



Thomas Dekker- Jason Lee



Hayden Panettiere- Kimberly Hart



Anton Yelchin- Billy Cranston



Jamie Chung- Trini Kwan



Lee Thompson Young- Zack Taylor



Keira Knightley- Rita Repulsa

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Ryden - 11/13/2009, 1:17 PM
you forgot TOMMY!!!!! :-O Tommy was always the coolest, I know what you mean though, if they give it a Stark Trek type reboor I'd be happy, but you need tommy!!!
ecksmanfan - 11/13/2009, 1:18 PM
WTF?
Stumblin - 11/13/2009, 1:24 PM
No.
AxlKomix - 11/13/2009, 1:27 PM
@Ryden- I know, I loved that character. I didn't know how to fit him into this story, so I put him in the easter egg as possibly being availible for a sequel.

@ecksmanfan and stumblin- Yeah, I know Powers Rangers is pretty stupid, but I loved the show as a kid and if this movie came out then I'd probably go see it.
Ryden - 11/13/2009, 1:37 PM
@AxlKomix- Cool ;)
LEEE777 - 11/13/2009, 1:39 PM
ALX @ You've got BALLZ son lol!!! : D

Good casting man, kudos!!

I was gonna come in and say NO & WTF but looks like i got beaten lol, anyway with this cast i could turn into something good for the big screen!

Thumbs up!
JoshWilding - 11/13/2009, 1:41 PM
Haha, I loved the Power Rangers when I was a kid!!! I had completely forgotten about a lot of these characters until now...fantastic plot and cast! As long as it wasnt too childish I'd definitely go and see a reboot! :)
ecksmanfan - 11/13/2009, 1:52 PM
@Axl- You're cool man. I just didn't expect to see a Power Rangers casting on here. I don't really have room to talk...I'm counting down the days until the cartoon "Hysteria!" gets released on DVD!
MovieTheaterLad - 11/13/2009, 1:53 PM
InSpace - 11/13/2009, 1:58 PM
YES!!! I always wanted to see a more serious Power Ranger series.
It'd be cool if it had cameos from the original cast.
InSpace - 11/13/2009, 2:12 PM
Sorry Dude cant find any1 for Zack,How bout for Adam (the other Black Ranger)
flames809 - 11/13/2009, 2:12 PM
you forgot tommy and the black ranger and good cast and they should reboot the power rangers from start and tommy should get a green morpher but be cature by Rita Repulsa army and it should end like that or leave him for a sequel zack should be "Lee Thompson Young"
Blanc - 11/13/2009, 2:40 PM
Interesting, I was big into the original Power Rangers when I was a kid. I like your take on this and I agree that as the story was fleshed out more it could be more accessible and less tacky. I enjoyed your interpretation of the origins, I can't remember if that was in the original series or not. The only thing I do remember regarding the sixth ranger was that it was created by Rita Repulsa as an evil ranger and it would always tick me off that he never got inside his robot dinosaur except for like 2 episodes!....but I digress.

My suggestions for ZACK are either:

ROBERT RI'CHARD - he played SLJ's son in Coach Carter
or
ROB BROWN - also in Coach Carter and the lead opposite Sean Connery in Finding Forrester.

As for TOMMY, I like the idea of him being post credits as a Teaser to set up a sequel. For TOMMY I'd cast:

RICK GONZALEZ - Spanish from Old School, also in Coach Carter.

I didn't purposely try to cast all Coach Carter actors but it kinda worked out that way...lol
flames809 - 11/13/2009, 2:48 PM
Lee Thompson Young" fits well for this cast as zack
JoshWilding - 11/13/2009, 3:37 PM
Lee Tompson Young is an excellent actor - his character in FlashForward was brilliant (SPOILER) I just wish they hadnt killed his character off! (END SPOILER)
BubastisTheLynx - 11/13/2009, 5:21 PM
Lol, this article is a real blast from the past for me!I used to watch power rangers as a kid(the black one was my favorite) I'll admit I had my doubts when clicking on this article though, but its gone now. Great story!
AxlKomix - 11/13/2009, 5:40 PM
Thanks guys. When I posted this I was expecting some slander, but I'm glad I've been able to keep my dignity.

@Bohemiben- Not sure on the origins. As far as I know, it's strictly my interpretation.

@flames- I was thinking Lee Thompson Young, but I didn't know the dude's name. I'm gonna get the pic together and post it in the next few days.

P.S.- Doesn't that picture of Knightley just make it so perfect?
Ryden - 11/13/2009, 5:50 PM
@AxlKomix- this makes me want to do my own power rangers cast lol ;D
SlaughterHouse - 11/13/2009, 5:58 PM
I remember watching Power Rangers because that pink ranger was sooooo fine lol. Then I remember actually watching the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers movie and realized how badass they could be when given some respect and a little bit of money. If rebooted I bet this could actually be a cool movie.
flames809 - 11/13/2009, 8:57 PM
they sould of made a part 3 to it
Tobuttica - 11/13/2009, 11:14 PM
I didn't even think about rebooting the PR. It never should have changed to any of the variations except Zeo. I liked that show and the original with the Green Ranger. White Ranger was okay, but GR could play his dagger like a flute. Corny as hell and super badass at the same time.
Tobuttica - 11/13/2009, 11:30 PM
Also, take the setting out of Angel Grove. I know it was the original setting, but if they are fighting for the fate of the Earth or the Galaxy, wouldn't it be on a larger scale than a suburbish town.
Vafrous - 11/14/2009, 5:28 AM
Tommy was my fav character...how bout Steven Strait?
AxlKomix - 11/14/2009, 12:40 PM
@Tobuttica- The whole thing would be reinvented, so Angel Grove would actually be more like a city.
flames809 - 11/14/2009, 12:56 PM
if they ever do a power ranger movie they should make it more modern and a serious and comedy take onit. and more beter action and take out the fire explosion when they suit up
Rumble - 11/15/2009, 9:18 PM
I would like 2 see Tommy as the White Ranger but I know he would have to be the Green first. He should be a bad guy then turn good.
Spilox - 11/16/2009, 1:36 AM
Not bad dude!
Blanc - 11/16/2009, 10:28 AM
What about the Tommy cast? Are you gonna add that to the article?
AxlKomix - 11/17/2009, 7:24 AM
@Bohemiben- I would, but I'm not even sure if I'm going to write a sequel yet. If I plot out a sequel, then I probably will cast Tommy.
Blanc - 11/18/2009, 8:22 AM
Cool...I say Rick Gonzalez. He could pull off being evil at first (as the Green Ranger originally was created by Rita Repulsa) and then be redeemed. Also, I think what was great about the Power Rangers even way back then was that they did their best to have a multicultural cast. For example, based on their IMDB profiles, the actor who played the original Tommy is actually half Native American, and the actor who played Jason was part German, native American, Irish, Japanese, Italian, and Spanish.

I don't want to make this about race, but I think besides the whole action/fantasy aspect, a big part that drew kids into watching the show was that there was someone "like them" that was being portrayed as a hero. Granted most kids don't think along those lines, but I think subconsciously it is something that registers.

So not to get too deep into the issue of race/ethnicity as some will surely comment that it doesn't matter, there may even be some bashing (which I won't take personally), my vote is for Rick Gonzalez as Tommy if you decide on a sequel.
FluxCapacitor - 4/1/2010, 5:43 PM
Power Rangers for sure deserve a reboot. It's such a long running franchise it deserves some proper treatment. it could be really good with the right story. some of those ideas are pretty cool. check out this trailer for a MMPR movie and separate Green/Dragon ranger movie
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irFLFpgyPTQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbdLky_PyCQ

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