May 7, 2014 9:01 am

Power Rangers to hit big screen in franchise reboot

The Power Rangers are heading back to the big screen.

TORONTO — The Power Rangers are going to burst back into action on the big screen.

Lionsgate and Saban Brands announced Wednesday they are partnering to develop an original live-action feature film franchise about teens with super powers.

The Power Rangers debuted on television more than two decades ago and became a global brand that includes video games, toys, comic books and other merchandise.

Lionsgate said the movie franchise will “re-envision” the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

A start date for production has not been announced and it is not known when the first chapter of the Power Rangers reboot will hit cinemas.

Amy Jo Johnson, who starred in the made-in-Toronto series Flashpoint, played Kimberly (the Pink Ranger) in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series and in two movies — 1995’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie and 1997’s Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie.

Despite the worldwide popularity of the colourful costumed crime-fighters, the two previous Power Rangers movies were far from blockbusters. They grossed a combined $76 million worldwide.

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