With the American adapatation currently working on Power Rangers Megaforce, fans who knew that the original Japanese version's second season of that show was a thirty-five year celebration of the Super Sentai wondered if Saban would adapt it. Here's the Japanese version:
Well, Saban's tried, and here's a few pictures from the set of the special that have been released (courtesy of Jason David Frank's Fan Page):
As you can see, the Ranger of all Rangers Jason David Frank, is reprising his role of Tommy Oliver, along with Danny Slavin who's previous PR show, Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy, has been given new life via reruns on Saturday Morning Vortexxx block (also owned by Saban).
HOWEVER, as you've noticed, the special only has focused on a select few. This begs the question: WHY? Well here's your answer: An e-mail sent to the actors revealed just how cheaply Saban pursued this special. Namely, they sent this e-mail a MONTH before filming was set to begin. Additionally the e-mail was sent only to actors who worked on Saban's version of the series. Those actors who worked when Disney had the production HAVE NOT been given the e-mail. Here's the e-mail.
An uninvite e-mail also was sent out. Supposedly, the source that revealed this all stated this particular e-mail was still being sent to actors late last month to this past weekend. The jist of it is (you can read the entire e-mail here) that, while the demand was so strong, Saban didn't have the budget to pay all these actors.
The e-mail above gained more credibility when the actor who played the Titanium Ranger, Rhett Fisher, tweeted this:
Guess who was invited to do a cameo on PR Megaforce and then un-invited the next week because of budget restrictions. #majorletdown#titanium— Rhett Fisher (@therhettfisher) May 4, 2013
If that wasn't enough, the special, as reported by TMZ, also has reopened old wounds for two of the original US Rangers: David Yost and Walter Jones. Both have publicly said no to participating in the special, due to past grievances with Saban over their time on the show (it's been always known in Ranger lore that Yost was verbally abused for his alternate lifestyle by the Saban Company and his reasons for leaving the show). There is no word of when this special will be released, but it's easy to assume sometime later this year.
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