Hollywood moves in waves. Earlier this year, Nintendo broke download records around the world with its popular Pokémon GO game, kicking off a renewed interest in Japanese manga and cartoons as adaptable commercial properties. Almost immediately, Legendary Entertainment jumped into the fray with the announcement that they would be producing a live-action Detective Pikachu film. Now, not to be left behind, Lionsgate has made renewed promises that its live-action adaptation of Naruto will be coming soon.
In this week's installment of news that confirms ComicsAlliance has gained control of the Infinity Gauntlet and is now in complete control of reality, Saban and Lionsgate have announced plans for an original live-action Power Rangers movie that's set to reboot the franchise with a new gang of teenagers with attitudes.
In a press release put out by both companies, Saban praised Lionsgate's knack for turning stuff the kids already like into highly successful film adaptations, from Twilight (booooo) to Hunger Games (yayyyyy) to the more recent Divergent (ehhhh). Regardless of my particular parenthetical feelings about those movies, that'll probably be handy for the Power Rangers franchise, which has managed to remain pretty popular with the youth of America since its debut in 1993. That said, it's pretty surprising to me that they haven't been doing movies all this time.