The Power Rangers franchise is getting an upgrade on Netflix, laying down plans for a brand new universe.
Following Hasbro’s acquisition of Entertainment One in 2020, the words were out about a whole world of game shows, series and potentially movies based on the hundreds of toy lines under the Hasbro banner. Including a brand new Power Rangers universe, that will be broadcasted on Netflix. The news was confirmed on Twitter by director Jonathan Entwistle, who said “I guess the cat’s out of the bag! The new Power Rangers universe is coming to Netflix.”
Entwistle’s comments came after a report from Deadline, in which Michael Lombardo, who was appointed as Entertainment One’s President of Global Television in June 2020, said they have a number of scripted and unscripted shows based in the world of Dungeons & Dragons, Monopoly, Risk, Mouse Trap and Guess Who?, and of course, Power Rangers, which is coming to Netflix. The new project was originally expected to be a reboot movie with the streamer. He replied, “Since we set up Power Rangers with Jonathan, we pitched really a whole-world approach. It’s not just one show, it is shows followed by films, some kids’ programming. We have found a great writing partner for him, they are off. Knock on wood, Netflix is excited, we’re excited, we hope to have some news soon.” – said Lombardo.
The Power Rangers were originally based on a Japanese franchise called Super Sentai and arrived on TV in the early ’90s. The series was accompanied by a selection of action figures and toys made by Bandai at the time, and by 2001 the franchise had generated over $6 billion in toy sales. Jonathan Entwistle was originally linked to a new Power Rangers movie being planned with Paramount Pictures two years ago, but there has been no word on whether that idea has now been transferred to a part of the Netflix universe. There has already also been no word on exactly when the new movies and series will arrive.