So, I’m pretty sure you all know about Saban Brands and Lionsgate entering a feature film deal for a re-imagined Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. It seems, so have a few of our esteemed Ranger Veterans. This is a fantastic thing! The fact that our favorite Rangers are talking about it gives us hope! Unfortunately, some of them tend to ruin it for the rest of us.
Just this morning (Today is May 7, 2014), Jason David Frank took it upon himself to claim responsibility for Saban Brands acting on the idea of a movie in the first place, as quoted: “So it’s official. I gave Saban the idea lol. Let’s see who they offer back haha. Email lion gates show then the JDF love. Push the green or white. They might reboot with new people who knows lol. JDF” Followed by screenshots of the contact information of the representatives from both Saban Brands and Lionsgate. Names. Emails. Phone numbers. Stating as follows: “Here you all team Lion gates numbers and emails haha. What’s PR with some OG cast members. And where is my green ranger series? Haha I’ve pushed for this but a reboot with new people lol. Oh well. I’ll still promote my brand. Sucks to someone else in my spandex haha. Saban and lion gates band together !!! It’s official. There goes the self made fan movie MMPR fan film. JDF”
So, not only does Mr. Frank condone flooding professional businesswomen’s emails with petty entitlement, he also bags on someone else’s work. “Sucks to someone else in my spandex haha.”? First of all, it’s not spandex. Secondly, it’s not yours. It belongs to the company, sir.
Not only that, but Jason Faunt started doing it, too. Come on, man. You, too? Really?
What happened to being professional about things? Power Rangers has never once been about the Rangers themselves, but the deeds they do and the message they convey. This is supposed to be a re-imagining, focusing on teenagers. JDF isn’t a teenager. Jason Faunt isn’t a teenager. A new vision calls for new blood. This could very well be someone’s J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek. A little bit of fan pandering while also opening up an entirely new realm of possibilities. You can’t do that while holding onto old ideals and old actors.
Power Rangers is ever-changing. Are we really giving the property its due as fans if we can’t even entertain the possibility of new ideas and new renditions? Are we really respecting Julie from Lionsgate and Kelsey from Saban Brands if we simply bombard them with emails and phone calls telling them that we want old actors to come back and play teenagers, which they clearly aren’t? NO. WE ARE NOT.
Respect the franchise. Respect the people behind it. If we can’t do that, then there’s no reason for us to expect the companies to listen to anything we have to say, because it makes us no better than spoiled children. Saban Brands and Lionsgate are doing what they do best: Business. If you want to be able to correspond with professionals, then you have to be willing to act in a professional manner.
That’s all I have to say about that.