Saban’s Power Rangers to Bring SUPER MEGA Action and Adventure to This Year’s Fan Convention, POWER MORPHICON
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Saban’s Power Rangers and thousands of fans will join forces to celebrate the 4th bi-annual Power Rangers official fan-run convention, Power Morphicon, at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, CA August 22-24. Fans can expect an action-packed experience from Saban Brands with the cast of Power Rangers Super Megaforce and a super-charged panel that will reveal an exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming season, Power Rangers Dino Charge.
“Saban Brands is excited to participate once again in this year’s Power Morphicon,” said Elie Dekel, President of Saban Brands. “It is always a thrill to see Ranger Nation come together in full force and we can’t wait to celebrate the Power Rangers franchise with thousands of our passionate and loyal fans.”
To kick off the opening of Power Morphicon, fans can gather for an exciting event on Saturday, August 23, at 8:45 a.m. outside the Pasadena Convention Center. Saban’s Power Rangers and special “Junior Ranger” guests from Make-A-Wish® will take part in an epic stunt to POWER UP Power Morphicon, which originally started in 2006 to grant the wish of a child in the Make-A-Wish program. The Power Rangers are partnering with Make-A-Wish, the official 2014 Power Morphicon Charity Auction beneficiary, and special guests to transform the lives of five kids from around the country with life-threatening medical conditions by granting their wishes to meet the Power Rangers.
At 1 p.m., fans can attend the Power Rangers Super Megaforce Panel in Ballroom D&E, moderated by Chip Lynn, Executive Producer of the upcoming Power Rangers Dino Charge season. Fans can expect a lively Q&A session with the Super Megaforce cast, followed by a never-before-seen look at the highly anticipated upcoming 2015 season. Following the panel, attendees can meet the cast of Power Rangers Super Megaforce at the official cast signing from 2-4 p.m. in the Main Hallway. In addition, fans can expect to meet and pose for photos with various legendary Rangers on the show floor throughout the full run of the convention.
Saban Brands is also expanding the Power Force at Power Morphicon, a select group of superfans who have been chosen to receive exclusive insider access to all things Power Rangers. The Power Force represents some of the most passionate, enthusiastic and knowledgeable fans. These new Power Force members include: Database Ranger, Hassan Ahmed, Kickback, Miss CD, NerdyGirlJulia, ShukuenShinobi, TheSecondBatgirl, Trekkieb47 and ZeronXepher.
Additionally, Bandai America is officially launching the Power Rangers “Unlock the Power” instant win game and sweepstakes at Power Morphicon! Fans can scan any of their Legendary Ranger Keys into the Power Rangers Scanner App on their mobile device for a chance to instantly win exclusive coupons and toy prize packs now through December 31, 2014. Fans also have the opportunity to win a trip to Hollywood, California for a family of four and to voice a character in an upcoming Power Rangers episode! To learn more about “Unlock the Power,” please visit www.bandai.com/powerrangers.
Saban’s Power Rangers Super Megaforce will return with all-new episodes on Saturday, August 30 at 12 p.m. (ET/PT), only on Nickelodeon.
For more information on Power Morphicon, please visit www.officialpowermorphicon.com.
About Saban’s Power Rangers
Saban’s Power Rangers franchise is the brainchild of Haim Saban, creator and producer of the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers hit series that launched in 1993. Following its introduction, Power Rangers quickly became the most-watched children’s television program in the United States and remains one of the top-rated and longest running boys live-action series in television history. The series follows the adventures of a group of ordinary teens who “morph” into superheroes and save the world from evil. It is seen in more than 150 markets, translated into numerous languages and a favorite on many key international children’s programming blocks around the world. For more information, visit www.powerrangers.com.
About Saban Brands
Formed in 2010 as an affiliate of Saban Capital Group, Saban Brands (SB) was established to acquire and develop a world-class portfolio of properties and capitalize on the company’s experience, track record and capabilities in growing and monetizing consumer brands through content, media and marketing. SB applies a global omni-channel management approach to enhancing and extending its brands in markets worldwide and to consumers of all ages. The company provides full-service management, marketing, promotion and strategic business development for its intellectual properties including comprehensive strategies unique to each brand, trademark and copyright management and enforcement, creative design, retail development, direct-to-consumer initiatives and specialized property extensions. SB’s portfolio of properties currently includes Power Rangers, Paul Frank, Macbeth, Julius Jr., Digimon Fusion and Popples, among many others. For more information, visit www.sabanbrands.com.
Mark your calendars! The upcoming Power Rangers movie from Lionsgate and Saban Brands will be premiering in theaters July 22, 2016.
Erin Cahill (Jen from Power Rangers Time Force) recently completed a pilot for Fox entitled Delirium, based on the book series written by Lauren Oliver. She plays Rachel, the sister of Emma Roberts’s character Lena.
(Courtesy: kalenabear from Rangerboard)
IGN has posted a brief interview with the new executive producer of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers movie, Roberto Orci.
In the interview, he discusses how he became aware of the opportunity, the lengths he went to get the job, and that we may be in for a more intricate approach to the writing than we may have previously thought.
We’re not just a leave it behind reboot. [Haim] Saban cares very much about that.
Also of note, Orci mentions that before a director will be considered, Lionsgate will need to be presented with a script to shop around. He will be collaborating with screenwriters Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz on the story.
Erin Cahill (Jen from Power Rangers Time Force) is in a new commercial for the Honda Summer Clearance Event. She plays a salesperson telling the story of a driver named Angie and her dog, as the A/C in her car breaks down and she’s sold the reliable CR-V to get her back on the road and feeling her best.
Being brought in to craft the screenplay are Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, whose writing credits include the feature films X-Men: First Class and Thor, as well as select episodes of the TV series Fringe and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
In addition, Roberto Orci, whose writing credits include The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Star Trek Into Darkness and the first two Transformers movies has signed on as an executive producer. He will be collaborating on the story elements with Miller and Stentz.
This film is a development of Lionsgate and Saban Brands.
Johnny Yong Bosch (Adam from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) has been cast in the English dub of Viz Media’s new Sailor Moon acquisition. This includes the original anime series and its three films, as well as the new anime series Sailor Moon Crystal.
He’ll provide the voice of Minako’s guardian cat, Artemis.
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Cerina Vincent (Maya from Power Rangers Lost Galaxy) guest starred in the June 25 episode of TV Land’s Jennifer Falls.
She plays Caroline, a clerk at the sporting goods store. The episode is #106, “The Virginity Thief”.
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Erika Fong (Mia from Power Rangers Samurai) has a small role in the #1 movie in the country, Transformers: Age of Extinction.
The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor as a father, daughter and her boyfriend who help to save Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and the rest of the Autobots from the threats of not only their robotic enemies, but their human ones. Erika plays one of the analysts working at the CIA.
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Cameron Jebo (Orion from Power Rangers Super Megaforce) guest starred in the June 22 episode of Disney Channel’s Austin & Ally.
He played Gavin, Ally’s new writing partner who has feelings for her and asks her out, all of which makes Austin jealous. The episode is #318, “Hunks & Homecoming”.
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Jason David Frank (Tommy from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) made his second appearance on the SyFy reality competition series Heroes of Cosplay.
He was a judge on the panel for the remaining contestants’ entries at the 2014 Wizard World convention in Portland, Oregon. In addition to the festivities, there were also people dressed up as the Green Ranger and Rita Repulsa. The episode is #110.
(Courtesy: GoldAnyRanger from Rangerboard)
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Patricia Ja Lee (Cassie from Power Rangers Turbo and Power Rangers in Space) is in a new commercial for Time Warner Cable. It doubles as an ad for How to Train Your Dragon 2, so she rides a dragon in it.
Last week, Amy Jo Johnson posted on Twitter her interest in seeing what the upcoming Power Rangers movie has in store.
Beyond curious to see what @HaimSaban & @lionsgatemovies does w/ 3rd Power Ranger film I WANT TO PLAY IVY OOZE!!
First off, Ivan Ooze will forever be called Ivy. Blue Ivy ain’t got nothing on him! Second, Amy Jo as the villain and not just “good gal on a spell?” Yes. Yes indeed. Make this happen!
Schmoes Know reports that Max Landis (Writer, Chronicle) has turned in a draft of the screenplay for the upcoming Power Rangers movie to Jim Miller (Executive Vice President, Production & Development at Lionsgate), Allison Shearmur (Executive Producer, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), and Haim Saban.
Then Landis took to Twitter and started posting his opinions about reboots. Hmmm…
Reboots should focus on the fun ideas at the center of the original property. “Dark and gritty” isn’t for everything. Something that was fun and colorful should remain fun and colorful. Just up the intelligence and the character. That was what the first JJ Trek did so well, or Winter soldier, or even the new Godzilla. As a writer, the last thing I’d want would be to force a tone that doesn’t belong onto a story. Tone is story. That said, if the property wasn’t open to evolve, I’d want no part and get out ASAP.
But then posts the following:
As I’ve said before, as of right now, I am not directly involved in Power Rangers. Whether I have been or will be again, no comment. The good news is, regardless of whatever’s happening in Angel Grove, I have three, possibly four movies coming out next year. So…yeah.
Hmmm indeed. On May 16th, Landis took to Twitter again and posted the following:
The worst part of being a recognizable, accessible screenwriter is that all of your minor failures or successes are broadcasted. Imagine if you were an actor, and every audition you went on and didn’t get, it was announced you “failed” to get the part. Or let’s say you were in a movie, and shot your scenes, and now what happens next you don’t control. that’s like screenwriting. So far I’ve had one movie, with one tone. The ones that are coming are all VERY different from Chronicle, and each other. I have a very specific trajectory and goal for myself, and I’m trying to get there before the movie industry falls apart completely. So you can imagine how bizarre it is to hear these voices yelling opinions about scripts they’ve never read, projects that do or don’t exist. Oh well, haters gonna. for now.
Not only did Matt Austin show interest to be the director for the new Mighty Morphin Power Rangers movie and had an online petition started for him, he has now cut together some character videos from existing clips to help us get the feel of what he would do. It does not mean that he wants Chloë Grace Moretz as Kimberly….or does he?http://www.vimeo.com/94965814 http://www.vimeo.com/95293106 http://www.vimeo.com/95293971
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Ever since Saban Brands and Lionsgate made the announcement on May 7th about making a new live action Power Rangers movie, the topic has been the talk of the town including trending on Facebook. Speculation has been rampant about release dates, the cast, and the director.
One person who is throwing his hat in the ring for the director’s chair is Power Rangers SPD’s own Matt Austin. After his stint on SPD, he has gone back to directing short films and TV shows and is currently directing his feature film Pretend We’re Kissing. Here’s his statement:
If I were to helm the Power Rangers Reboot, I’d try and make sure the whole thing retained an adventurous/tongue-in-cheek tone – even though I’m sure it would be set against the backdrop of the end of world. I don’t think this needs to be “dark” but I don’t think it needs to be campy either. At the end of the day it has to be kid friendly. (Every adult AND kid I know loved The Lego Movie.) I think it’s sad that there are little boys and girls obsessed with Spider-Man and Superman and they can’t even go see the films of their heroes. On an economic front, that doesn’t make a lot of sense either. That’s a lot of tiny bums in seats they’re missing out on.
On a content note, it wouldn’t make sense to try and compete with the X-Men, Iron Man’s and Captain America’s. They just can’t, even with the nostalgia factor. I’m very looking forward to seeing The Guardians of the Galaxy. It looks like it has a great sense of humor. Things like that movie, other teen hero flicks like Attack the Block, films I grew up with like the Goonies or The Last Starfighter, and even Pixar’s The Incredibles, would be the wells I would draw on for inspiration. I also think it would be fun to have it set in the 90s, when the show premiered.
I don’t know how many “well-known” directors are going to be attracted to the project, so if it’s going to be someone new and unknown, why the heck can’t it be me? I have directed teen series (Mudpit), my documentary on John Hughes (Don’t You Forget About Me) certainly has made me a bit of an expert coming-of-age films and my experience as an actor on the series is nothing to sneeze at. If Marc Webb, a filmmaker with zero action movie experience (500 Days of Summer) can be hired to do Spider-Man (B unit did all the action sequences), based on his style and attention to character, story and relationships, why can’t I go from my past shorts, features, and my recent film (Pretend We’re Kissing) to this?
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