– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Last year, producer Adi Shankar and director Joseph Kahn took nostalgia to a whole new level with the POWER/RANGERS short film. The short was a whole new (bootlegged) take on the property. It was unnecessarily dark and gritty in the best way possible, and it took the characters we knew and loved and twisted them in new ways that would never fly in a legit POWER RANGERS film.

TheWrap is now reporting that Shankar and Kahn are re-teaming for a feature-length film entitled BODIED. BODIED is being called a racial relations satire, and the story was developed by Kahn and champion battle rapper Alex “Kid Twist” Larsen. 

Principal photography is already underway on the project, but details regarding the plot are rather scarce. All the outlet was able to report is that the film “tackles race relations using the world of hip-hop rap battles as an entry point.”

Set to star in the film are Callum Worthy, Jackie Long, Rory Uphold, Anthony Michael Hall, Debra Wilson, Charlamagne tha God, Walter Perez and Shoniqua Shandai. In addition to the actors, the film will also feature a handful of battle rappers, which will likely add to the credibility of the film.

Shankar had the following to say regarding this announcement:

“I’m honored to continue my collaboration with Joseph Kahn,” Shankar said. “In an era where it feels like movies aspire to play it safe as the world appears hungry for artists to take a stand this film dares to say something.”

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.