We've known for some time that Lionsgate is planning a big-screen reboot of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers franchise, with help from the series' original home, Saban. The project has a director in Project Almanac's Dean Israelite and writers in the X-Men: First Class team of Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller, and while Israelite has given us an update on the film's tone, what we don't know yet is where exactly the film's plot will take us. Now we're finally getting a glimpse.
Heroic Hollywood reports that the reboot has a villain, and instead of going for a new creation or even one of the show's latter-day foes, the Power Rangers will square off with Rita Repulsa, a villain recognizable to '90s kids everywhere.
Rita was the very first villain on the American television series, and fans of the show will never forget her screeching voices, her unyielding command of her minions, her telescope or her complaints of a headache. From the sound of things, though, this Rita will be a little more sophisticated, particularly in how she summons her minion army to battle the Rangers.
“A huntress. A striking, yet subtly alien-looking woman. She carries a metallic staff topped with a distinctive crescent shape," Heroic Hollywood's sources write. "Advances with a soldier’s confidence, guided by some sort of compass... Her staff is actually a device of immense power. She points it at the ground. Heads emerge, built layer upon layer like 3-D printing, made from the earth itself... The staff’s technology grants her the ability to create humanoid figures, soulless and robotic.”
Rita hasn't been a major player in the Power Rangers series for a while, though her presence is often still felt from a distance. That means kids who are just coming to the franchise might not really know who she is unless they go back and check out old episodes on Netflix, but older fans will likely want to step up to the box office and see this new interpretation of a villain that dominated their childhoods. Plus, Heroic Hollywood reports that the film will also give us a scene long hinted at by the show: The defeat of Rita by Zordon during a battle on prehistoric Earth.
The report is unconfirmed at this point, but it does make a lot of sense, so it's safe to assume for now that Rita is indeed our Big Bad for the Power Rangers movie. What do you think? Good choice?
Powers Rangers morphs into theaters on Jan. 13, 2017.
(Via Heroic Hollywood)