The upcoming Power Rangers reboot wasn’t the first time Hollywood tried to bring the kid-friendly superhero franchise to the big screen. Now we have a full view of how the project could have turned out ... at least where Max Landis is concerned.
Landis (Chronicle, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency) put together a treatment for a Power Rangers movie back in 2014, though it never made it out of scripting phase. Now Landis' full 127-page screenplay has leaked out into the wild for our perusal.
Landis' script kept the trademark teenage angle and features a bit of teenage angst mixed in with all the superhero-ing. It also features the villains Rita Repulsa, Goldar and Zedd causing trouble for the young heroes.
Landis' version of Zordon was a departure from the original series, with the floating head reframed as an E.T.-esque alien with squid parts. The heroes also morph with the use of morphing coins (much like the television series), and Jason even utters the iconic "It's morphin' time!" line (just once, though). The story ends with the reveal of a green power coin and ... aw heck, read it for yourself.
The Power Rangers film, based on a different script, opens March 24.