With the 2020s just around the corner, it’s time to update our nostalgia. Nostalgia, it is said, works primarily on 30-year cycles, offering those at the peak of their purchasing power an opportunity to relive their childhoods. This cycle has been the secret behind countless movies and television shows; remember when “Stranger Things” crashed into mainstream popular culture by coopting the concepts of ’80s horror movies and Stephen King novels? That certainly wasn’t an accident.
So while we may have been trending closer to ’90s nostalgia over the past few years, we can expect ’90s nostalgia to truly take hold in the early part of the 2020s. Which, of course, explains why Paramount is so determined to make a “Power Rangers” movie happen. Earlier this week, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Paramount was moving forward with a new version – let’s say “new version,” as the phrase “reboot” has lost all meaning – of the beloved live-action television series. To helm the film, Paramount has tapped Jonathan Entwistle, the creator of the popular Netflix series, “The End of the F***ing World.”
Entwistle is an interesting choice. While his series plays darker than you’d expect from a family-friendly franchise like “Power Rangers,” his self-reflective style of storytelling should allow him to walk a fine line between creating something original and nodding back to the franchise’s origins. What’s more, as noted in the Hollywood Reporter article, the new movie is rumored to include a time travel element, dropping the current roster of Power Rangers into the 1990s. What better way to tap into ’90s nostalgia than to set your movie literally in the ’90s? Let’s just hope the producers focus on making one good movie this time instead of you, you know, a whole six-movie thing.