Joseph Kahn, director of Torque, Detention and several award-winning music videos, has created a Power Rangers fan film that is getting Saban hot under the collar.
The film, titled Power/Rangers, is a gritty, dark take on the property that features violence, swearing and an implied threesome.
After debuting on Vimeo, the film was soon taken down and Kahn took to Twitter to explain the reasons why.
‘Saban is trying to shut Power/Rangers down. If you’d like to keep watching, tell them to stop harassing me,’ Kahn posted, along with a link to Saban’s ‘Contact us’ page.
He continued: ‘Every image in Power/Rangers is original footage. Nothing was pre-existing. There is no copyrighted footage in the short. I am not making any money on it and I refuse to accept any from anyone. It was not even kickstarted, I paid for it myself. This was made to be given away for free. It is just as if I drew a pic of Power Rangers on a napkin and I gave it to my friend.’
Power/Rangers has since made the move to YouTube, where it managed 4.5 million views in 24 hours.
"The irony here is that I wouldn’t even want to make Power Rangers: The Movie for real," Kahn told HitFlix.
"Like if I had to make a Power Rangers’ movie, this is it. It’s 14 minutes long and it’s violent and this is what I have in me. If they offered me the 200 million version, the PG-13 version, I literally wouldn’t do it. It’s just not interesting to me.
"I just took pieces that I liked and then streamlined it and made a bare bones version and really expressed the versions that seemed like they naturally fit within the down-the-middle dark and gritty reboot. And by the way, 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, hence the brains, the blood and the violence and the sex."
You can check out Kahn’s Power/Rangers, while it’s still online, below: