The idea of Bootleg movies may be new (Punisher: Dirty Laundry and Judge Dredd: Superfiend), but I hope the idea picks up some more steam. Lionsgate has a brand new Power Rangers movie on the way, that will hopefully be filled with over-enthusiastic hand gestures and gigantic Zords that look like the bastard love-children of Pacific Rim’s Jaegers and Kaiju. But that’s a long ways away. So if you’re eager to get your Power Ranger fix on, then the latest bootleg film on the interwebs just might be to your taste.
Because never in a thousand years, did I ever imagine that Power Rangers could be all kinds of kickass. This particular bootleg is directed by Joseph Khan, and stars Katy Sackoff and James Van Der Beek. Check it out below:
“The irony here is that I wouldn’t even want to make “Power Rangers: The Movie’ for real,” Khan said to HitFix about the short film, which was produced by Bootleg pioneer Adi Shankar.
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.
So why did Khan make the film? Easy. He was bored:
It started because I was bored, quite frankly. I only make a narrative feature film of any sort like once every five years or something like that. So I was going to make a science-fiction film, and at the same time, I was meeting with Adi Shankar. You know who he is? The producer that did ‘The Grey’ and ‘Lone Survivor’ and ‘Dredd’ and all that?
Man, I dig this. The Lionsgate Power Rangers movie may still be pencilled in for a July 2016 release despite not having a director on board, but I hope that they’re taking notes from this bootleg. Go go Power Rangers indeed.
Last Updated: February 25, 2015