‘Chronicle’ Writer Max Landis Shares Thoughts about the Dark ‘Power Rangers’ Trailer

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If you think that the upcoming Power Rangers reboot is going to be a mess, then you’re not alone. Screenwriter Max Landis seems to have similar thoughts.

The teaser trailer for Power Rangers was recently revealed. I’m a fan of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers but I didn’t like the trailer. It felt more like Chronicle than the franchise I love. I wanted humor and camp, but the trailer gave me none of that. In what universe are the Rangers so strong that they can take punches to the face without flinching? It just felt weird to me.

Max Landis took to Twitter to share his thoughts about the movie. He wrote Chronicle as well as an early draft for the Power Rangers.

Power Rangers Max Landis Tweet


Power Rangers Tweet Max Landis

Now that’s the kind of film I wanted to see: the “silly, fun, goofy retro teen adventure” one. I’m really not looking forward to a poorly made version of Chronicle. I can’t figure out why studios decide they need to make a film darker in order to attract fans.

Some of you might be thinking that they deliberately created such a teaser trailer and the actual movie could turn out to be fun. Well, I wouldn’t get my hopes up. The character descriptions were just released and it seems all of the Rangers feel like outcasts. So, I do feel that the reboot is going to be quite humorless.

 “Jason, the Red Ranger (DACRE MONTGOMERY) was a football legend in his small town of Angel Grove until one fateful mistake. When we first meet Jason, he is in need of redemption and is struggling to find himself. But soon he is given a chance to lead a new team made up of an unlikely group of teenage superheroes and must find it in himself to rise to the challenge.

Kimberly, the Pink Ranger (NAOMI SCOTT) used to be Queen Bee of Angel Grove High, but has been cast out of the popular clique and is now struggling to find her identity. She has a new rebel without-a-cause, edgy attitude, but this front is hiding a secret that makes her feel deeply vulnerable.

Billy, the Blue Ranger (RJ CYLER) has always been challenged in his abilities to communicate and interact socially. Whip-smart and sweet, he is the most pure-hearted of the group. Billy has never really had any friends, so finding teenagers that he is comfortable with is a big deal, and soon he begins connecting with people in a way he’s never been able to do before.

Trini, the Yellow Ranger (BECKY G) is mysterious but extremely bright. Her parents constantly move for work, making her the perpetual new girl to any school. A loner who owns it, Trini is self-sufficient and contemplative, but always observant. All she wants is to find her gang of friends, but she’ll never admit it— least of all to herself.

Zack, the Black Ranger (LUDI LIN) is filled with bravado and swagger. He is tough and cool on the exterior but has many layers beyond his fearless appearance. Zack advertises everything about himself, except the truth, which makes him feel deeply inferior to all his peers.” (via CBR)

The Power Rangers reboot is scheduled for a 24th May 2017 release date. The cast also includes Elizabeth Banks as the villainous Rita Repulsa, Bill Hader as Alpha 5 and Bryan Cranston as Zordon.

What are your thoughts? Let us know.

Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.

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