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OTRC: 'Mighty Morphin Power Rangers' reboot movie in the works

The Power Rangers appear in an official publicity photo for the 1990s series 'Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.' Saban Brands and Lionsgate announced on May 7, 2014 that a new live-action movie is in the works. (Shout! Factory / Saban Brands)

It's MORPHIN TIME on the big screen ... again!

A new film adapation of the 1990s live-action teen superhero series "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" is in the works, Lionsgate and show creator Haim Saban's company Saban Brands announced in a statement to OTRC.com on Wednesday, May 7.

"The new film franchise will re-envision the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, a group of high school kids who are infused with unique and cool super powers but must harness and use those powers as a team if they have any hope of saving the world," they said.

The original series aired between 1993 and 1996 and starred Jason David Frank as green Power Ranger Tommy ("Dragonzord!"), Walter Jones as black Power Ranger Zack ("Mastodon!"), Amy Jo Johnson of "Felicity" fame as Pink Power Ranger Kimberly ("Pterodactyl!"), David Yost as blue Power Ranger Billy ("Triceratops!"), Thuy Trang as yellow Power Ranger Trini ("Saber-Toothed Tiger!") and Austin St. John as red Power Ranger Jason ("Tyrannosaurus!").

Other TV adaptations have been released since, including the current Nickelodeon series "Power Ranger Super Megaforce." Also, two "Power Rangers" films were released in the 1990s -- " Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie" in 1995 and "Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie" in 1997. The franchise has spurred a slew of merchandise -- costumes, toys and even fine jewelry.

Lionsgate has in recent years distributed hit teen film franchises such as "Twilight," "The Hunger Games" and "Divergent."

"We're thrilled to be partnering with Haim Saban and his team to maximize the potential of this immensely successful and universally recognized franchise," Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer said in the statement. "The Power Rangers stories and characters have been embraced by generations of audiences for more than 20 years, and today they are more powerful than ever. We have the ideal partner and the perfect brand with which to create a motion picture event that will resonate with moviegoers around the world for years to come."

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