The March 24 debut of Power Rangers will bring the 1990s television series back to life in a reboot that comes across as visually intriguing. Despite the doubts of adapting Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from the small to the big screen, the true test of the feature will come via the screenplay to see whether or not the writers have stayed true to the premise.
Dropping the final poster for the movie this week, it was also revealed that said screenplay had been leaked onto Reddit, with Max Landis tweeting the link of his work online. All 127 pages are available now for fans of the franchise to view at their leisure, an unusual ploy by the writer in many respects.
Cranston Talks Nice Bookend To Career
The biggest shock of bringing back Power Rangers was not so much the adaptation, but the casting of Bryan Cranston as the group's mentor. The Breaking Bad star had a role in another major franchise via 2014's Godzilla, but has focused most of his energies into his dramatic performances including The Infiltrator, Trumbo and All the Way.
Talking about the hiring process, Cranston said that the idea had him hooked from the start and he jumped at the opportunity.
"I thought, 'Power Rangers? It's kind of the (1960s) Batman television show - Pow! Zing! Whap!'" started Cranston. "And I had a phone call with the director and he said, 'Think of it this way... Like Batman came from TV and became a completely different animal in the movies, so too is it here. We're going to take this and revamp it and it's going to be grounded and real.' And I thought 'Okay, with that, let me read it. I read it and went 'You're right'. The kids sound like real kids and not everyone is this great athlete and everything is working out. I thought, 'This might be a nice bookend to what I was doing before,' since I started out doing voices."
BB Intensity A Learning Curve For Cast
Starring alongside Aaron Paul in the hit AMC series, the pair sat down for an interview with Backstage to talk about their experience bringing the dramatic thriller to life. With scene after scene of incredibly intense emotions flowing through to the audience, Cranston said that he learned the gift of switching off from the role once the cameras stopped rolling.
“It’s something that I learned along the way,” Cranston remarked playing the role of Walter White. “It turned out to be a good policy... (When) you have to tap into your emotions, you want to have the same ability to release them. It’s not always possible because of the dynamic of what we (actors) deal with—the highly emotional, intense, and very intimate relationships that we have with our work. But the longer you do it, the easier it can be.”