From Batman to Alice in Wonderland, almost everything you enjoyed as a child has had a gritty reboot at some point – and now you can add Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to the list.
Well sort of: there’s no Christopher Nolan-directed feature-length adventure yet, but The Grey producer Adi Shankar and music video director Joseph Kahn have re-imagined the Rangers’ later years in a short film starring Dawson’s Creek’s James Van Der Beek and Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff.
You can watch it below but be warned, it’s not for children – it contains graphic scenes and dangerous levels of 90s nostalgia.
The fan film (or “bootleg”) imagines a grim future for the Rangers and sees enough sex, violence and swearing to outdo the darkest of reimaginings – which was sort of the point, according to Shankar.
“The dark and gritty reboot thing is such a cliché that the intention was not only to make it dark and gritty but make it even darker and grittier than you could possibly imagine,” Kahn told HitFix, “hence the brains, the blood and the violence and the sex.
“The joke isn’t that you’re laughing at each particular scene; the joke is that we did this ‘f**k you’ thing in the first place.”
Not everyone’s laughing: SCG Power Rangers LLC, who own the rights to the franchise are demanding the video be taken down. So it’s probably a good idea to watch it as soon as possible, or just wait until the dark and bloody re-imagining of the Care Bears.