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We would like to give a quick shout out to acclaim music video director Joseph Kahn on his latest achievement in short film. Normally Kahn has been known for being one of the most famous music video directors. for artists like, Taylor Swift, Montell Jordan, Backstreet Boys, Total, Enrique lglesias Eminem, and countless others. However, Kahn found himself in hot water recently when he and producer, Adi Shakar were under attack for a video they published for free. That video was an R-rated 14-minute and 20 second fan film, called “Power/Rangers.” It hit the Vimeo, and YouTube on February 23, and became one of the most talked about things on the Internet literally over night.
As the title may suggest it was a fan film, or what Shankar has dubbed, a “bootleg” video based on the children’s sci-fi superhero show, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993-1996). Kahn’s video takes the campy, silly, and more cartoonish elements of what was famous in the original Power Rangers universe and reinterprets it for its original audience, who is now all grown up. Power/Rangers is nothing like what you would ever expect anything Power Rangers to be like. This clip has explicit language, graphic violence, sexual situations, hard drug use, and death. People couldn’t believe it what they were seeing, and they loved it! Well, most of us did, Saban Capital Group Inc, the owners/creators of the Power Rangers francize weren’t too happy. Saban, and its subsidiary, SCG Power Rangers LLC took action against Kahn and Shakar in an effort to protect the integrity of their brand.
SCG felt that the adult content that was in the short film infringes on their intellectual property, by using the names and likenesses of what was an active brand directly marketed to children. However, Kahn and crew argued fair use, comparing their video that they were giving away, to a fan making their own drawing of a character, and sharing it online. It was a fan video done by entertainment professionals, but a fan film nonetheless.
Saban’s team acted swiftly in having the video removed, first from Vimeo, then from YouTube, after it was viewed over 10 million times. However, we are happy to report that the video has now been restored to YouTube after both sides have reached an agreement. Deadline.com reports that Power/Rangers was returned to YouTube after an agreement was reached between Saban and Shakar’s legal teams. Kahn told to Deadline. about the truce.
“They put these disclaimers on so kids so don’t confuse our super-violent film with their Power Rangers brand. There are no hard feelings. We signed contracts. We can play it anywhere we want on all platforms. I think they realized that people just want to see it.”
The video is now also age restricted to prevent any kid surfing the web for Power Rangers from accidently seeing it. Congrats to both Joseph Kahn and Adi Shakar on getting your cool clip back online for the world to see. You both worked really hard on this project, and the world deserves to be able to see it. Saban and Lionsgate will release a new reboot film of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers version of the franchise in July of 2016. Until then you can check out Joseph Kahn’s Power/Rangers clip above, and watch some key music videos directed by Kahn below. If you look closely, each of these videos show different shots that could have helped inspire Kahn’s version of the Power Rangers.
Key Joesph Kahn Videos
“Larger Than Life”
50 Cent Featuring Justin Timberlake And Timbaland
Nelly Featuring Justin Timberlake
“Work It” (Originally Banned From MTV In USA)
Fo’ Reel/Universal Records
Eminem Featuring Rihanna
“Love The Way You Lie” (Explicit)