Young Adult Reboot Of ‘Power Rangers’ Dead At Netflix, Hasbro Reportedly Seeking “A New Creative Direction For The Series”

The Red Rangers assemble on Carlos Fabián Villa's variant cover to Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Vol. 1 #26 (2018), BOOM! Studios
The Red Rangers assemble on Carlos Fabián Villa's variant cover to Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Vol. 1 #26 (2018), BOOM! Studios

In offering a small ray of hope amidst the Super Sentai adaptation’s continued mismanagement, Hasbro and Netflix’s young adult reboot of the Power Rangers franchise has officially been cut off from the Morphing Grid.

The full might of the Morphin' Grid is laid bare in Power Rangers Super Megaforce Season 1 Episode 20 "Legendary Battle" (2014), Saban Entertainment
The full might of the Morphin’ Grid is laid bare in Power Rangers Super Megaforce Season 1 Episode 20 “Legendary Battle” (2014), Saban Entertainment

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First announced as in development all the way back in 2019, the reboot was set to be penned by the creator of The End of the F–king television adaptation Jonathan Entwistle and to serve as the first entry in a brand new ‘Power Rangers cinematic universe’.

Amelia (Hunter Deno) steps up to lead the team in Power Rangers Cosmic Fury Season 1 Episode 1 "Lightning Strikes" (2024), Netflix
Amelia (Hunter Deno) steps up to lead the team in Power Rangers Cosmic Fury Season 1 Episode 1 “Lightning Strikes” (2024), Netflix

And that was the last true, official update that the series ever received.

In the five years since its announcement, only a single official ‘update’ (if it can be called that) was ever offered regarding its production status, with Hasbro Chief Financial Officer Deb Thomas assuring investors during the company’s Q4 2022 earnings call that the project was currently receiving “continued development”.

Rocky DeSantos (Steve Cardenas), Billy Cranston (David Yost), and Katherine Hillard (Catherine Sutherland) reunite for another fight in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Once & Always (2023), Netflix
Rocky DeSantos (Steve Cardenas), Billy Cranston (David Yost), and Katherine Hillard (Catherine Sutherland) reunite for another fight in Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: Once & Always (2023), Netflix

However, rather than being a sign of Hasbro and Entwistle being hard at work, it appears that this near-radio silence surrounding the Power Rangers‘ next outing was instead the result of a development cycle so troubled that the entire project has now been depowered.

Per a June 11th report from TVLine’s Matt Webb Mitovich, according to his alleged insider sources, Entwistle’s reboot is “no longer moving forward at Netflix”, with Hasbro instead looking to explore “a new creative direction for the series and with a new partner.”

Unfortunately for fans, said sources did not specify whether this “new creative direction” would still involve the series being written for YA audiences.

The titular team dons their one-time-only metallic armor in Tommy (Jason David Frank) learns of his connection to the Falcon Ninjetti from Dulcea (Gabrielle Fitzpatrick) in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995), Saban Entertainment
The titular team dons their one-time-only metallic armor in Tommy (Jason David Frank) learns of his connection to the Falcon Ninjetti from Dulcea (Gabrielle Fitzpatrick) in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995), Saban Entertainment

While some may admittedly be disheartened by the reboot’s supposed trip back to the drawing board and how it represents yet another instance of the Rangers’ continued mishandling, it should be noted that given Hasbro’s growing embarrassment towards the franchise’s core identity in recent years, fans likely dodged a bullet thanks to this development.

Though no longer attached to the series itself, this sentiment was best explained by none other than long-time franchise director and producer Simon Bennett.

Shinken Red (Tori Matsuzaka) and Kamen Rider Decade (Masahiro Inoue) team-up in Kamen Rider Decade Episode 25 "
Heretic Rider, Go Forth!" (2009), Toei
Shinken Red (Tori Matsuzaka) and Kamen Rider Decade (Masahiro Inoue) team-up in Kamen Rider Decade Episode 25 ”
Heretic Rider, Go Forth!” (2009), Toei

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Responding in September 2023 to the widespread disappointment felt by fans towards Cosmic Fury‘s decision to use original Ranger designs rather than any suits from their Japanese source material counterparts, Bennett opined, “Call me radical, but I suspect that those adult Power Ranger fans who are also diehard Super Sentai fans, may be vociferous when PR deviates from its traditional source material, but are also a minuscule percentage of the viewership of the show. Which is made for children.”

'Power Rangers' executive producer Simon Bennett says the franchise should divorce itself from 'Super Sentai'
Archive Link Simon Bennett via Twitter

“I think part of Hasbro’s goal to move PR to being fully original, is to reduce aspects of Sentai style and design, which may be challenging for US kids,” the former franchise EP. “The superheroes in spandex fighting rubber monster suits trope is a hard sell to audiences brought up on Marvel and Star Wars.”

'Power Rangers' executive producer Simon Bennett says the franchise should divorce itself from 'Super Sentai'
Archive Link Simon Bennett via Twitter

“I think, and this is only my opinion, that to reach a large mainstream audience, the franchise has to move away from its Tokusatsu roots,” Bennett concluded. “It’s this that has kept Power Rangers niche for so long with US audiences. It needs to do this in a way that is fresh and compelling.”

'Power Rangers' executive producer Simon Bennett says the franchise should divorce itself from 'Super Sentai'
Archive Link Simon Bennett via Twitter

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