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Power Rangers director says film suffered from PG-13 rating

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Lionsgate’s Power Rangers reboot was meant to launch a six-film franchise, as confirmed to EW by director Dean Israelite, but talk of sequels have been quiet given the box office numbers — with a production budget of $100 million, the movie earned just over $140 million worldwide. During a more recent interview, Israelite said a big deterrent for Power Rangers‘s success was the PG-13 rating.

“Yes, definitely,” he told ScreenRant when asked if he thought the rating had an effect. “Definitely. And not only do I think it, but there’s been market studies on it, and the findings have been that if the movie were rated PG — I don’t want to go into the specific numbers — but if the movie had been rated PG, there would have been more traffic. I think parents were unsure if they could bring their kids to the movie, which surprised me, because the movie is a tame PG-13.”

According to Israelite, preview screenings suggested “a 7-year-old might be scared, but in a good way.” He explained, “They liked that they were scared of Rita, but they still came out of the movie enjoying it, they liked what was going on. I think we really tread that line well, so it was disappointing that parents didn’t know that they could take their kids to it.”

He further hopes that the home release with allow parents to watch and “see that it’s suitable.”

Power Rangers introduced Dacre Montgomery as Red Ranger Jason, Naomi Scott as Pink Ranger Kimberly, RJ Cyler as Blue Ranger Billy, Becky G as Yellow Ranger Trini, Ludi Lin as Black Ranger Zack, Bryan Cranston as Zordon, Bill Hader as Alpha 5, and Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa.

The mid-credits scene set up plans for a sequel by introducing the name Tommy Oliver, a.k.a. the alter ego of the Green Ranger, in a Ferris Bueller-type sequence.

“Obviously, the next generation [of films in the franchise] would hopefully include what we’re teasing at the end of this film, because I think that’s something that fans are really going to enjoy,” he told EW. “Even for non-fans, he would be an incredible character to bring into this ensemble, and of course you want to keep going.”

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