Monday, June 07, 2021

'Power Rangers Dino Fury' Set to Move to Netflix with Season 2

The iconic Power Rangers TV series has been a staple on Nickelodeon's schedules for 10 years, however, it seems like things are being shaken up.

In an interview with iHeartRadio, actor Chance Perez, who portrays Javi (Black Ranger) on Power Rangers Dino Fury, the current iteration of the long-running series, revealed that, after season one finishes on Nickelodeon later this year, the recently wrapped season two of Power Rangers Dino Fury will be heading to Netflix.

It's currently unclear whether Netflix has the first-run rights to Power Rangers Dino Fury season two, with Nickelodeon airing the season at a later date, or whether Netflix will be the exclusive home to the season.

The news comes as Netflix prepares to add the first half (11 episodes) of Power Rangers Dino Fury season one to its programming libraries in the U.S., U.K., Australia and New Zealand, and Canada on Tuesday, June 15. Dino Fury is currently on its first mid-season hiatus, with new episodes expected to resume airing this fall. As Nick has only aired the first eight episodes so far, Netflix will be hosting the U.S. premieres of three new episodes.

Adapted from the Japanese Super Sentai series Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger, the 28th and 29th seasons of Power Rangers features morphinominal battle footage with an all-new cast of dynamic heroes, evil villains and imagination-defying monsters.

Hasbro confirmed during their 2021 Investor Event that they are planning to reinvent the iconic Power Rangers franchise after Power Rangers Dino Fury with a new era that will be “creating a new universe for a broader audience across film, premium TV, animation & kids content”.

It was previously reported back in July of last year that Hasbro would be ending their partnership with Japan's Toei, the makers of the Super Sentai series, of which footage has been used in Power Rangers throughout the years. It was also reported that Paramount was developing a new Power Rangers theatrical film. This would conclude the current iteration of the Power Rangers series as it has been for 28 years with Power Rangers Dino Fury, which was officially confirmed to have two seasons according to the Hasbro Investor Event.

This of course isn’t the end of the world-famous franchise as a whole, because Hasbro plans to completely reinvent the brand with new film and TV content across the same expanded universe.

Further expressed is the fact that End of the F***ing World and I Am Not Okay With This creator and director Jonathan Entwistle will be assuming a creative leadership role in the vein of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Kevin Feige. This was confirmed Hasbro and eOne back in October of last year.

Hasbro acquired the iconic Power Rangers franchise from Saban Brands back in 2018 in the wake of the failed attempt to expand the series into a greater cinematic universe. No doubt a franchise as rich as Power Rangers has the potential to expand. Across comics, series, and action figures, the world of Power Rangers is vast, and with adult fans as well as new generations of little kids coming up every few years, there's an audience for a range of content. Hasbro seems to be addressing the reboot holistically, reinventing the franchise in major ways.

The shift away from Toei could signal a greater detachment from the "tokusatsu" tropes that made the franchise so unique in the States. It's too early to tell where Hasbro plans to take Power Rangers, but between divorcing the series from its roots in Super Sentai and bringing in a director of more adult content, it seems that the cinematic, multi-platform universe will be quite unlike anything we've seen before.

It’s also important to note that production for the Power Rangers franchise has moved from Allspark to another Hasbro subsidiary, Entertainment One (One). This transition can mean multiple things for the Power Rangers franchise. eOne is known for the popular children’s animated series Peppa Pig, so it’s possible that an animated adaptation could be in the works.

With Hasbro completely reimagining the franchise, this definitely seems to mean that there will be a lot more content for fans to enjoy once this transition is fully put in place.

In Power Rangers Dino Fury, an army of powerful alien beings is unleashed on Earth threatening life as we know it, and a brand-new team of Power Rangers, fueled by the pre-historic power of the dinosaurs, are recruited to deal with the threat. The series features a vibrant cast:

Russell Curry – Red Ranger “Zayto”

About: Zayto is an alien from the planet Rafkon. He has been on Earth since the time of the dinosaurs, frozen in stasis. After he is revived, he leads the Dino Fury Power Rangers in the hopes of stopping the evil forces that destroyed his planet from destroying Earth.

Dinosaur: Tyrannosaurus Rex

Weapon: Chromafury Saber/Dino Dagger

Gear: Dino Fury Morpher, Dino Fury Battle Belt, T-Rex Dino Fury Key

Zord: T-Rex Champion Zord

Kai Moya – Blue Ranger “Ollie”

About: Ollie is a confident, logical skeptic who always needs to prove he’s right and is never afraid to share his opinion. Growing up, he traveled the globe with his archaeologist mom, Dr. Akana. Ollie believes that everything can be proven or explained by science.

Dinosaur: Triceratops

Weapon: Chromafury Saber/Dino Dagger

Gear: Dino Fury Morpher, Dino Fury Battle Belt, Tricera Dino Fury Key

Zord: Tricera Blade Zord

Hunter Deno – Pink Ranger “Amelia”

About: A go-getting journalist with a passion for the paranormal, Amelia works at the internet media agency, BuzzBlast. She’s well known in Pine Ridge as the person to come to if anything “weird” happens. Her enthusiasm seeps into everything she does, much to the amusement of her friends and coworkers.

Dinosaur: Ankylosaurus

Weapon: Chromafury Saber/Dino Dagger

Gear: Dino Fury Morpher, Dino Fury Battle Belt, Ankylo Dino Fury Key

Zord: Ankylo Hammer Zord

Tessa Rao – Green Ranger “Izzy”

About: Izzy is a highly competitive and ambitious athlete. She pushes herself to the limits and never gives up, even when the stress is overwhelming. She’s close with her step-brother, Javi.

Dinosaur: Saber-toothed Tiger

Weapon: Chromafury Saber/Dino Dagger

Gear: Dino Fury Morpher, Dino Fury Battle Belt, Tiger Dino Fury Key

Zord: Tiger Claw Zord

Chance Perez – Black Ranger “Javi”

About: Javi is a free-spirited musician who can be quiet at times, focusing his energy on his creative process and artistic endeavors. Though he loves music, he can’t settle on any one style or instrument. His step-sister, Izzy, is his biggest supporter and the most important person in his life.

Dinosaur: Stegosaurus

Weapon: Chromafury Saber/Dino Dagger

Gear: Dino Fury Morpher, Dino Fury Battle Belt. Stego Dino Key

Zord: Stego Spike Zord

“For nearly 30 years, Power Rangers has brought humorous action-adventure entertainment to the screen, with positive messages and real-life lessons that parents value, like diversity, inclusion, self-discipline and teamwork,” said Executive Producer Simon Bennett. “Throughout the years, the brand has consistently delivered exciting new iterations while instilling these same core values, and it’s been an honor getting the opportunity to continue the legacy with Power Rangers Dino Fury. The work, planning and thoughtfulness put into this show from the entire cast and crew is truly outstanding. We have a number of exciting surprises sprinkled throughout the season, and I cannot wait for fans and kids to watch.”

Power Rangers is an iconic brand built on a heritage of great storytelling and merchandising. Launched in 1993 with the debut of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the franchise today includes movies, TV series, toys and role-play items inspired by Power Rangers.

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H/T: Special thanks to Anime Superhero Forum /@Theagames10 for the news!; Additional source: RangerWiki.

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