The controversial short Power/Rangers is back online after Saban Brands settled their copyright dispute with the makers of the film. The movie has now returned to Youtube and Vimeo after being pulled by both streaming video sites earlier in the week. And it looks like no further legal action is being pursued. You can also see the video below.
/power-rangers-movie-short-film-katee-sackhoff/This past week, a tsunami of copyright controversy began to swirl after producer Adi Shankar unveiled his latest entry in the so-called Bootleg Universe, this time debuting a Power/Rangers fan film from Torque and Detention director Joseph Kahn. The 15 minute short was an instant sensation, starring Katee Sackhoff, James Van Der Beek and Will Yun Lee from a script Joseph Kahn wrote with James Van Der Beek and Dutch Southern. They called it a 'deboot' of the Power Rangers franchise, and Saban Brands, who own the Power Rangers copyright, soon filed claim.
Power/Rangers puts a dark grown-up and very R rated spin on the popular kid-friendly property. While fans seemed to enjoy it, Saban did not. While they have subsides with their complaints, a new disclaimer has been added to the video, which reads:
About the disclaimer, Joseph Kahn further states:
They put these disclaimers on so kids so don't confuse our super-violent film with their Power Rangers brand. There are no hard feelings. We signed contracts. We can play it anywhere we want on all platforms. I think they realized that people just want to see it."
Power/Rangers was first removed from Vimeo before being removed from Youtube on Thursday. Saban Brands claimed copyright infringement, though the director and producer claimed fair use. It did cause quite a controversy, and can only help the Power Rangers movie in development at Saban as we speak, which will be in theaters summer 2016. The short even brought some of the original Power Rangers out of the woodwork, including former Green and White Ranger Jason David Frank, who has previously teased his rerun in the big screen reboot. About the 'deboot' fan film, he stated:
"I know there's a lot of fans out there that love it and all that stuff, but I'm just a PG-13 guy. The cuss words, the drugs, all this other stuff - it doesn't fly with me. The problem is, [the Power Rangers] are still connected with adults and kids. The 'Super Megaforce' and 'Power Ranges Dino Charge' are still on Nickelodeon, and so you can't take a brand like this and reboot it so dark and gritty. This still is a kids' brand."
Black Ranger Walter Jones had this to say:
"I wont be posting the video of the Power Rangers deboot video because I still have fans that are kids. I will say... I thought it was very well done and entertaining. I am looking forward to other interpretations of this amazing show. I am blessed to have had the pleasure of helping to create here in the states! Its Morphing Time!!"
And even fan-favorite former Pink Ranger Amy Jo Johnson got in on the action:
Okay... so you've ALL probably seen this already. BUT just wanted to share. Personally I think it's kind of awesome. BUT don't tell Saban that!! I might get sued. [wink emoticon] And it's clearly NOT for KIDS!!"