Nostalgia for pop culture of the past is at an all-time high right now, as all of our favorite films, TV series and cartoons of the ’80s and ’90s continue to be recreated for a new generation. Yet for every remake that does well according to critics and fans, there’s another one out there that ends up missing the mark.
This is the challenge facing the new Power Rangersreboot from executive producer Roberto Orci (Star Trek) and screenwriters Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (X-Men: First Class), which hopes to “re-envision” and share the classic children’s series with a wider audience. In order to do so, however, the franchise of more than twenty years must be condensed into a two-hour movie, all without alienating both the new fans who love the current TV incarnation and the old ones who have since grown up. It won’t be an easy task.
Orci spoke to IGN at the TCA press tour on Sunday – where he was promoting season 2 of Sleepy Hollow – about just how he intends to make this happen, while simultaneously squelching fears that he’ll end up ruining the franchise.
According to Orci, the key is understanding why fans love the series:
“Part of it is seeing what we remember of it; our generation and what our memories of it are. Part of it is seeing the fans of it today. There are a lot of kids that love it today, and so it’s about doing your homework. You talk to everybody who loves it and you find out why they love it and then you figure, what is the appropriate translation of that, tonally, to now? We have the added benefit of a movie is going to be two hours, or whatever it is, so it’s gotta have an arc and a reality to it that maybe you don’t have a chance to do all the time. That’s going to be the exciting part.”
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