See It While You Can: ‘Power Rangers’ Reboot Is Dark… and Illegal?

Feb 26, 2015 at 4:59 pm |

Warning: contains graphic images and violent language!

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Independent filmmaker Adi Shankar and director Joseph Kahn are in hot water after releasing a mature, gritty reimagining of the colorful Power Rangers you knew and loved in the ’90s.

The 14-minute ‘bootleg’ film takes the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers you thought you knew way back when and transports them to an all-too-real, dystopian future where a robot empire has begun taking over the Earth. Each of the original Rangers is grown up (with an adult’s mouth to match!), but being hunted down one by one– and even turning against each other. If you watch closely, you might even see the return of the original badgirl, Rita Repulsa.

Joseph Kahn brings his signature dark and dirty mood to this film, the same way he showed us a new side of Britney in the “Toxic” music video, or Taylor in “Blank Space.”

Not surprisingly, Haim Saban, who owns the rights to the franchise, isn’t happy about this video, which uses the Rangers’ images and likeness. He has threatened legal action, but Shankar and Kahn said they won’t take the video down until they receive a cease and desist.

Even if the video gets taken down, the Power Rangers won’t be gone for long. The Mighty Morphin, butt-kickin team will be back on the big screen for the first time in 20 years in a July 2016 motion picture! Still, something tells us the movie won’t be anywhere near as dark or dirty as this short.

It’s the Power Rangers like you’ve never seen them before. Hurry and watch before the court takes this down!