Saban and Jason David Frank don’t approve of R-rated Power Rangers fan film

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Power/Rangers, the R-rated Power Rangers fan film, was a viral sensation earlier this week. On that same day, it was taken down on Vimeo, only to be re-uploaded on YouTube as a safe-for-work version. However, that too was taken down. Yep, Saban, the rights holder for Power Rangers, does not want that fan film out to the public.

We live in a world where many fan films exist on the Internet without worry from the company owners. Batman fan films are created by the dozens. Star Wars openly promotes fan films of its characters, and they even host competitions, with George Lucas actually voting for his favorites back then.

There are many reasons why companies don’t go after the fan filmmakers. One reason is that the quality isn’t that good, and another is that the company doesn’t want to be looked at as a tyrant.

So what makes this one different? Well, one reason may be because it looked too much like a Hollywood production, and that would make the actual Power Rangers reboot movie look bad in comparison. Another reason is that Power Rangers is a brand targeted towards family, and well, the adult content in the fan film didn’t go too well with Saban. Even Jason David Frank, the original Green Ranger in the Power Rangers series, doesn’t approve of it.

“Everyone loves Power Rangers, but they’re still connected with adults and kids,” Frank said. “The Super Mega Force and Power Rangers: Dino Charge are still on Nickelodeon. So you can’t take a brand like this and reboot it so dark and gritty because you’re not separating. The adults love it … but then you’ve got to fall back to the kids. You still have the kids that want to watch Power Rangers.”

Check out the tweets from Joseph Kahn, the director of the fan film, on the aftermath of the Vimeo takedown.

Vimeo was even initially okay with it, since the video got “Staff Pick” before it was taken down. Kahn even goes on to say that the fan film used all original footage.

Adi Shankar, the producer of the fan film, chimed in on his thoughts about YouTube and Vimeo taking down the video and the threat of legal action.

“Today, I was deeply disappointed to learn that Saban Brands decided to attack my Power/Rangers ‘Bootleg Universe One-Shot’ film,” Shankar said on Facebook.

“To all the viewers that enjoyed this film, I consider this an outright infringement on freedom of expression and individualism. I set out to make this film because I am a childhood fan of the Power Rangers. As children our retinas are burned with iconic images and as we grow older these images come to represent crucial moments within the trajectories of our own lives.

This film is a homage to the original creators of the Power Rangers, and a parody of a television series we all grew up loving. Films like my Power/Rangers ‘Bootleg’ are vital expressions of creativity in our troubled world. If we suppress this creativity and become passive participants in the consumption of the culture we live in, we implicitly allow a dangerous precedent to be set for the future of the internet.”

The short film is now available on Facebook, and Shankar thanks Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for allowing it to be up.

So what’s next? Will Saban actually go through suing a fan film that didn’t make any money? Can he sue for damages? What damages? The fan film actually got people excited about the franchise.

Do you think Saban is going too far with legal action?

Source: Adi Shankar’s Facebook, Digital Trends

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