Saban Reacquires “Power Rangers” Brand

Article By: Alex J. Rosolowsky

The New York Times reports via Rangerboard that Haim Saban has reacquired the Power Rangers brand.

“Power Rangers” was most prominent in the mid-1990s, when it was shown on Fox, but it has remained in production ever since, and an 18th season is in development now. That season will have its debut on Nickelodeon in the first quarter of 2011, the channel said. The companies did not disclose the financial terms of the multiyear deal.

In addition to the 18th season, reruns of the current 700 episode library are slated to begin on NickToons later this year. Saban noted that he felt that Disney did “did not develop the property and exploit it in the way that it deserves.”

After this news first broke back in May, the following information was also released:

  1. The new season is to be called Power Rangers Samurai
  2. Power Rangers Samurai will be the first 40 episode season since Power Rangers Wild Force in 2002
  3. Johnathan Tzachor (Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers—Power Rangers Wild Force) will return as the show’s producer, Iris Hampton (Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers—Power Rangers Wild Force) will cast the new series, and Tony Oliver (Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers—Power Rangers Turbo) will be writing several episodes for the new series
  4. At Power Morphicon 2 Mr. Oliver confirmed that “20 episodes are guaranteed,” and that if the show does well, an additional 20 episodes will be produced, clarifying an earlier dispute over the episode count
  5. Mr. Oliver also noted confirmed that this season will stay close to its Japanese counterpart, Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, adding that fans should “expect surprises”
  6. The new season will be shot using RED ONE digital cinema cameras equipped with the company’s new M-X sensors; these are the same cameras that were used for Shinkenger, and are used to film shows like ER and films such as District 9

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