So here we are: Humanity has evolved to the point where we have a dark, gritty-ish movie reboot of “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.” Amazingly, this project was announced well before reality turned into a funhouse cartoon. We’ve long been used to Hollywood’s disinterest in new ideas, or ideas that aren’t secretly connected to some bigger franchise. (Hello, the nevertheless excellent “10 Cloverfield Lane.”) But at this point we’re scraping the bottom of the nostalgia barrel.
If the new, weirdly titled “Saban’s Power Rangers” is a monster hit, what other bygone kiddie fare could hit the big screen next? We’ve already had an instantly forgotten “Jem and the Holograms” movie, but as this list shows that, there’s always more gems to grind once more:
He comes from a planet that was destroyed by nuclear war. He’s prone to PTSD and loneliness. He wants to eat the family cat. It wouldn’t be too much of a stretch reworking a short-lived pop culture phenomenon — who never really did come back in pog form — into something darker and grittier. It could even have one of those noisy, city-destroying climaxes where ALF battles, let’s say, a rogue president who wants to blow up the planet with nuclear weapons.