David Yost is still interested in pursuing a reunion movie featuring the original cast of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Yost played the first live-action version of Billy Cranston, aka the Blue Ranger, on the original Power Rangers TV series in the early 1990s. Unfortunately, he eventually left the series after season 4 due to facing homophobic bullying from the production crew.
In the show, his character left Earth to travel to the planet of Aquitar in order to find a cure for his rapid aging. While Yost left his Power Rangers career behind all those years ago, he has continued to work in television as a producer, and has partnered with DoSomething.com for their You Got the Power Campaign, which is designed to combat bullying. But now, it looks like he wants to get the team back together for a reunion film.
In an interview with ComicBook, Yost said he has always heard fans asking for a reunion of the original cast, saying, “I get to travel around the world to different conventions and…all I hear is we want to see a reunion of the original cast. …I’ve never understood why this wasn’t in the plan, or why the people that own the franchise just never really wanted to try that out, but I hear it and hear it.” And so, Yost has gone as far as to write the opening of a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers reunion movie himself. He also said that his production dream team would include Amy Jo Johnson, who played Kimberly Hart the Pink Ranger.
Johnson has also expressed interest in not only reuniting the cast, but directing the movie. She has directed two short films and self-produced the 2017 movie The Space Between. Yost said he has worked with Johnson on “several of her films and shorts.” He also been producer on the movie Alien Hunter, associate producer on the reality show Temptation Island, and segment producer on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. While those projects are all considerably different than Power Rangers, there’s no denying that Yost is a fan of the superhero team.
The Power Rangers franchise was rebooted in 2017 with a live-action Power Rangers movie that featured a more diverse cast, but it ended up underperforming at the box office and received mixed reviews from critics. The movie also teased a sequel featuring a rebooted version of Tommy Oliver, the most famous ranger in the franchise; something that may not go over well with fans. Tommy Oliver, played by Jason David Frank, has continued to make appearances in the television franchise. He is slated to return in Power Rangers Ninja Steel, the latest version of the the franchise.
However, it is unfortunate that the movie would not see a full reunion. While Frank would undoubtedly return as would Austin St. John, Thuy Trang who played Trini Kwan the Yellow Ranger was killed in a car accident in 2001. Yost has already promised that the movie would pay homage to her and it would be interesting to see how that would be done. There are many directions that the movie to go in, and many possible directions to take the characters in, especially since Hasbro has been talking about a potential Power Rangers reboot. But for now, the movie is only a dream.
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