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New Power Rangers movie starts shooting in January

The franchise's creators will be producing the reboot.

The cast of the Power Rangers.The cast of the Power Rangers.The cast of the Power Rangers. (Photo: Saban Entertainment)

With every generation's childhoods being remade or rebooted these days – The Muppets now work on a late night talk show, for instance – it's not a surprise to hear that the 1990s phenomenon "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" was going to be brought back. But fans were excited to learn that the new movie would have the franchise's creators, Israelis Shuki Levy and Haim Saban, producing, and had Comic-Con buzzing in anticipation.

Now some more concrete news is coming out, with entertainment sites reporting that the movie will begin shooting in Vancouver in January, and scheduled to wrap in April. There is a completed script by Ashley Miller and Zack Stenz, who both wrote "X-Men: First Class" and "Thor" for Marvel. Directing is Dean Israelite, whose last movie was "Project Almanac."

Moviepilot reports that the movie's classic, spandex-suited characters – Jason, Zack, Kimberly, Billy and Trini – will be back, but they'll be "reimagined." Of course, reimagining beloved characters doesn't always work with the franchise's fans, as anyone who's remade "Fantastic Four" can attest. But if they keep the original's low-key aesthetic, the colorful costumes and "Go Go Power Rangers" theme song, fans should be game.

To get you excited, here's a roll call from the first American season of "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers."

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