It seems rather proforma, but when you reboot something, it’s just expected that you’d invite cast members of the original incarnation to make an appearance. Sometimes it works, like when Bryan Singer put actors from the original 1950s Adventures of Superman series in Superman Returns, and sometimes it doesn’t, like in the recent Ghostbusters where cameos from the original cast stuck out like a sore thumb and were messily integrated into the film. The danger exists, but its at least polite to ask, right? Tell that to the makers of the new Power Rangers movie because apparently they didn’t even bother to ask originals to make an encore appearance.
While appearing on the Audibly Exquisite Podcast, original Black Ranger Walter Jones was asked the question, will we see the original Rangers with their big screen successors? “It’s not likely,” he said. “Unfortunately, we were not invited to be part of the film, which is confusing to me, but I’m excited about the film nevertheless.”
Well that just punched your inner 90s kid in the gut, didn’t it? It would be a stretch to credit Jones, Austin St. John, Amy Jo Johnson, Thuy Trang, and David Yost with the initial success of the series, buy you can’t dismiss it either. Plus, it would have been nice for some of the Rangers to get the work. Looking at his IMDb, St. John’s had five credits in the last 10 years, four of them currently in production. Johnson had five good years on Flashpoint, and Jones has HipHopKido to fall back on, but Yost hasn’t worked since 2012. As for Trang, she passed away in 2001. You mean to say that the production is so callous, they won’t even acknowledge a fallen Ranger? For shame.
Anyway, Power Rangers will be in theaters everywhere on March 24, 2017.
Source: Comic Book Movie