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May 8, 2014

Go, go Power Rangers!

So, word has it Lions Gate is developing a new Power Rangers film.

Unbelievable.

I say that because it’s crazy how long the franchise has been going.

According to The Associated Press, the costumed heroes debuted on U.S. television in 1993. Since then, there’s been two films I know of: “Might Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie” and “Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie.” The latter was in 1997, so it’s been quite a while since we’ve seen the heroes on the big screen.

This time around, Lions Gate is teaming up with Haim Saban’s Saban Entertainment to produce the live-action feature film. Lions Gate has made two young adult series of recent note, “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games.”

To me, it sounds like, then, the new Power Rangers movie could either be really bad (see “Twilight”) or decent to above average (see “The Hunger Games”).

I’ve actually kind of got high hopes for this one. I was a huge fan of the Power Rangers back in the day. Whenever I got home from school, I would make sure never to miss an episode.

It’s crazy how many series have come and gone since “Power Rangers” has come into being. So far, there’s been Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993-1996), Power Rangers Zeo (1996), Power Rangers Turbo (1997), Power Rangers in Space (1998), Power Rangers Lost Galaxy (1999), Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue (2000), Power Rangers Time Force (2001), Power Rangers Wild Force (2002), Power Rangers Ninja Storm (2003), Power Rangers Dino Thunder (2004), Power Rangers S.P.D. (2005), Power Rangers Mystic Force (2006), Power Rangers Operation Overdrive (2007), Power Rangers Jungle Fury (2008), Power Rangers RPM (2009), Power Rangers Samurai (2011-2012) and Power Rangers Megaforce (2013-2014).

Got all that? There will be a quiz at the end of the column.

I stopped watching after Power Rangers Lost Galaxy. I think. To be honest, with all those seasons, I’m shocked there hasn’t been more than two movies.

Actually, maybe it’s not a surprise, considering “Turbo” only grossed $8.1 million in the U.S.

But with a fresh reboot, maybe the series will actually create interest and bring in more fans.

Now, just imagine, Kristen Stewart as the pink ranger.

Wait, nevermind. Don’t do that.

Joe Malan is editor of GetOut! Email him at jmalan@enid news.com.

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