POWER RANGERS Series Dead At Netflix; Hasbro Seeking New Partner With A Different Creative Vision

POWER RANGERS Series Dead At Netflix; Hasbro Seeking New Partner With A Different Creative Vision

Disappointing update for Power Rangers fans as it's being reported that an upcoming Power Rangers at Netflix, which had Jenny Klein and Jonathan Entwistle attached, is no longer moving forward.

By RohanPatel - Jun 12, 2024 01:06 PM EST
Filed Under: Power Rangers
Source: TV Line

Following rumors over the weekend, TV Line has confirmed that Hasbro's Power Rangers cinematic universe, which was expected to include both an original television show and new films, that had been in development at Netflix for the past two years is no longer moving forward at the streamer. 

X user @Jinsakuu was the first to break the story, before the trade was able to obtain confirmation. In their initial tweet, the online scooper explained, "Due to the lack of staff and all the departments and responsibilities Hasbro had to take on. They’re lisencing Power Rangers Toys and Media off to other companies. As we seen with playmates who now own full control of the toys they’re doing the same with the show rights. Also they’re trying to be as hands off as possible and still own the franchises revenues. So good news maybe ??"

Primetime Emmy-nominee Jenny Klein (Daisy Jones & The Six; Cloak & Dagger; Jessica Jones; Supernatural) had been tapped as the showrunner of the TV show, while Jonathan Entwistle (The End of the F***ing World; I Am Not Okay with This; Hello Tomorrow!) was serving as the franchise overseer. 

While this iteration of the Power Rangers may be dead, it seems as though Hasbro is still somewhat bullish on the franchise's big-budget potential, with TV Line noting that they are actively seeking a new creative direction for the series and are hoping to find a new partner to help develop the potential project.

The most recent iteration of the long-running series Power Rangers Cosmic Fury concluded in 2023, and was intended to be the final series set in the franchise continuity that started with the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in 1993. A new original series was expected to essentially reboot the franchise in 2025, but those plans are now clearly in flux, so it may be several years before fans get to see the colorful heroes back in action.

While a new season may be on the backburner, Netflix did release the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always 30th Anniversary Special last year, which was well received by critics and audiences alike, so there's always a chance another movie project could be greenlit before Hasbro finds their revamped creative vision. 

The Special featured David Yost (Billy Cranston/Blue Ranger), Walter Jones (Zack Taylor/Black Ranger I), Steve Cardenas (Rocky DeSantos/Red Ranger II), Catherine Sutherland (Kat Hillard/Pink Ranger II), Johnny Yong Bosch (Adam Park/Black Ranger II) and Karan Ashley (Aisha Campbell/Yellow Ranger II), Charlie Kersh (Minh Kwan), Richard Steven Horvitz (Alpha 5), and Barbara Goodson (Robo-Rita). 

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Matchesz - 6/12/2024, 1:03 PM
They’re two colors off from a double rainbow I think I already know where this series is headed
bobevanz - 6/12/2024, 1:07 PM
@Matchesz - they're coming for you! Ahhhh the horror ahhhhh

marvel72 - 6/12/2024, 1:14 PM
@Matchesz - They've ruined rainbow colours for me, The rainbow bridge of Asgard or the infinity gauntlet for example.

I just associate rainbows with gays now.
DarthAlgar - 6/12/2024, 1:33 PM
@Matchesz - If it's a 100% original Power Rangers series like this was indeed to be then maybe...just maybe.

However, if it were still being adapted from Super Sentai then Toei would have none of that.

Otherwise the rainbow Sentai ToQger would have been a gay squad, but instead it was just about imagination and trains.

Real mechanical trains mind you... 😐
DocSpock - 6/12/2024, 2:26 PM
@marvel72 -

They have inserted the brain worm in you.

You have been assimilated.
bobevanz - 6/12/2024, 1:06 PM
Wow a real article! You rule Rohan
DarthAlgar - 6/12/2024, 1:30 PM
@bobevanz - He seems to always do good work.

I read his articles and I feel like I'm back in 2014 again.
Spoken - 6/12/2024, 1:30 PM
Looks like PR is going to go through a reinvention. Cool, I'm down for that.

Loved the show growing up, but it does need a new...direction.
TheFinestSmack - 6/12/2024, 1:42 PM
Apparently a new sentai series started in Japan over the weekend and it combines sentai with the Fast & Furious movies lol. They got wheel-heads...I am intrigued.
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DarthAlgar - 6/12/2024, 1:51 PM
@TheFinestSmack - It's been out for a minute.

When Toei stopped co-producing Power Rangers they started taking more liberties with Super Sentai's yearly themes. Last year was insect kings and the year before that avatars.

The year before that the robot mechas were the ranger team members.
TheFinestSmack - 6/12/2024, 4:35 PM
@DarthAlgar - I might have read an older article that said "premiered this weekend". Is it any good?
DarthAlgar - 6/12/2024, 6:14 PM
@TheFinestSmack - It's a pretty cool show. Not as good as it's predecessor, but it's fun.
TheVisionary25 - 6/12/2024, 1:43 PM
So because of the lack of essentially manpower & resources at Hasbro , they I guess didn’t have the time to develop this new universe with Netflix so are now just licensing out the property to various companies to do what they want with it and make profit from it…

If that’s the case then why not just still have Netflix develop it by themselves them while you can reap the potential benefits?

Anyway this is unfortunate since I liked the creative team involved with this universe & the show but oh well.

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Hopefully whoever they get can acquire a similar creative pedigree for the project (my vote is Amazon Prime).
SheepishOne - 6/12/2024, 1:45 PM
With a few tweaks, I thought the 2017 film could have been great. The cast had great chemistry, and I liked the lore-expansion of Zordon and Rita being members of an earlier iteration of rangers. I just hated the costumes, the zords, and the characterization of Goldar. I also don’t think the Rangers should have powers without the suits. Defeats the whole purpose of morphing.

I’ve had a lot of conversations with friends on how to properly do a modern trilogy of PR movies. Ultimately though, just get the cast, the suits, and the zords right.
TheVisionary25 - 6/12/2024, 1:49 PM
@SheepishOne - I thought the movie was ok

It had some tonal issues for me too but I did like the cast and performances to varying degrees

They did have good chemistry so I wish I could have seen them continue on and the series potentially improve:

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Arthorious - 6/12/2024, 2:11 PM
@SheepishOne - the cast was great, and I kind of wish it did get a sequel but yeah it was bogged down with the items you’ve stated.
Himura - 6/12/2024, 1:47 PM
Amazon should pick it up but it feels like something that will be on Paramount+
TheVisionary25 - 6/12/2024, 1:49 PM
@Himura - I could definitely see that

Would fit right in with their other properties like Transformers & GI Joe
SonOfAGif - 6/12/2024, 2:31 PM
Make it an animated show.
DocSpock - 6/12/2024, 2:34 PM

They should just let this kiddie stuff die.

TheUnworthyThor - 6/12/2024, 5:47 PM
@DocSpock - That doesn’t sound like a wise course of action for a toy company.
DocSpock - 6/12/2024, 5:58 PM
@TheUnworthyThor -

That's true. Just a grumpy old man opinion.
Alucard28 - 6/12/2024, 2:40 PM
Zack Snyder's Power Rangers: Rise of The Mighty Pt. 1 Director's Cut
dracula - 6/12/2024, 4:48 PM
Could always go back to sentai while they figure it out

Been 20 years since SPD

Could do Lupinranger vs patranger
RitoRevolto - 6/12/2024, 4:57 PM
This is a good thing really; the netflix iteration was easily the worst one yet.
dracula - 6/12/2024, 5:50 PM
@RitoRevolto - think thats more because of hasbro than netflix

Hell netflix was willing to pay for 20 episodes of the last season

Hasbro forced it to be cut to 10 episodes so they could leave new zeland
RitoRevolto - 6/12/2024, 7:58 PM
@dracula - Did not know that, but the episode length isn't the problem. I think I just don't like many of the newer seasons besides Dino Charge. Beast Morphers was fine. Wasn't excited about Dino Fury at all and probably won't bother with Cosmic Fury.
slickrickdesigns - 6/12/2024, 7:24 PM
They need to reboot this franchise as a sci fi series aimed at adults.

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