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by Paul Strauss

There’s supposed to be a new Power Rangers movie in the works for release in the summer of 2016, but I’m pretty sure it will look nothing like this edgy, unofficial “deboot” of the franchise. Directed by Joseph Kahn (Torque, Detention) and produced by Adi Shankar (Dredd, The Grey), POWER/RANGERS moves the campy world of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to a dark and gritty universe. The film is quite impressive in scale, and managed to attract some star talent in Katee Sackhoff and James Van Der Beek.

In the video below, Shankar hilariously explains the motivations which drove him to produce this dark, violent bootleg of the series. Keep in mind that there is NSFW language in both the short film and this clip:

When asked if he had any interest in making a feature-length Power Rangers movie, here’s what Adi told HitFix:

“The irony here is that I wouldn’t even want to make ‘Power Rangers: The Movie’ for real. Like if I had to make a ‘Power Rangers’ movie, this is it. It’s 14 minutes long and it’s violent and this is what I have in me. If they offered me the 200 million version, the PG-13 version, I literally wouldn’t do it. It’s just not interesting to me.”

Please note that the full, NSFW version of the video was on Vimeo and has since been removed – presumably due to a copyright claim. If you’re dying to see this film, watch it on YouTube now, before it gets yanked from there too.

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