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Producer Of NSFW ‘Power/Rangers’ Film Says Saban Brands’ Attack Sets A ‘Dangerous Precedent’

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When “Power/Rangers” — Joseph Kahn’s violent bootleg version of the classic ’90s TV series “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” — hit the web earlier this week, it #BrokeTheInternet. “MMPR” fans rejoiced in Kahn’s bloody take on their beloved series.

The fan film was not only a love letter to the OG “Power Rangers,” but also a direct response to Lionsgate and Saban Brands’ upcoming “Power Rangers” movie, which the studio has teased as being as a “darker, grittier” reboot of the iconic franchise. Needless to say, Saban Brands, the current owner of the Power Rangers franchise, was not as thrilled with Kahn’s NSFW take.

It didn’t take long for Saban to shut down “Power/Rangers,” pulling it from both Vimeo and YouTube in a matter of days. Now, producer and “Power Rangers” fan Adi Shankar, who wrote the script for the violent bootleg production, is speaking out. According to Shankar, who’s produced several other videos in his “Bootleg Universe,” his “MMPR” film was entirely original and used no footage or music from the original series. For Shankar, “Power/Rangers” was about creative reinterpretation, not monetization.

In a statement to MTV News, Shankar said he was “disappointed to learn that Saban Brands decided to attack my Power/Rangers ‘Bootleg Universe One-Shot’ film.”

“To all the viewers that enjoyed this film, I consider this an outright infringement on freedom of expression and individualism,” he added. “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.”

Shankar went on to personally thank Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg for hosting “Power/Rangers” on the social networking platform and “taking a stand.”

Of course, not everyone was pleased with Shankar and Kahn’s mature fan film. The original Green Ranger, Jason David Frank, expressed his disapproval on Facebook. “I know there’s a lot of fans out there that love it and all that stuff, but I’m just a PG-13 guy,” Frank said in a video posted to his page. “The cuss words, the drugs, all this other stuff — it doesn’t fly with me… This still is a kids’ brand.”

So whose side are you on in the great “Power/Rangers” debate? You can watch Shankar and Kahn’s violent “bootleg” here and decide for yourself.

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