A: I just came up with this idea one day about a guy who we think is a former Army Ranger who has just been living in hell but then finding out that he wasn’t an Army Ranger, he was a Power Ranger. I thought it could a cute little thing to do for FunnyOrDie. But then as I really considered it, I thought to myself, “What happens to these guys after they finish serving as Rangers?” It has to affect some of them on a very emotional level. They were teenagers and their lives were constantly in danger…that’s not easy to deal with. Then I started thinking about how their studies might suffer. I mean they are in high school and instead of studying and doing homework they are constantly fighting monsters and commanding Zords. Once these ideas started floating around, I was able to put Jasons backstory together.
Q2. Was it always a plan for this to be filmed? What steps did you have to go thru for it to be created? Also talk about the casting process for it as well.
A: Well thank you. It really is nice to hear that . Means a lot to me. It just exploded. It was my first project and I couldn’t have been more nervous. Would it piss off fans? Would non fans even get it? I was a nervous wreck. And then when it started getting passed around Twitter, I knew I hit a home run with the fans. Very quickly I started getting interviewed on different sites and then ended up getting invited to Morphicon which was a blast.
Q4. How much research did you have to do when creating The Ranger?
A: I went back to watch some of the original again. I felt a few nice easter eggs in the film would suffice. I didn’t want to overload the film with them. I didn’t need to do a whole lot of research because I was a fan of the original and watched up until the end of Zeo so I was more than familiar with the characters. I did have to IMDB Billy’s character though to find out what his last name was.
Q5. I’ve seen where Austin St. John(Jason/MMPR Red) gave a big cosign towards your project. What was that like for you?
A: Holy cow. I was nervous as hell that I would piss him off too. I hadn’t heard anything from him and just assumed he didn’t like it. Then I met him at Morphicon, he couldn’t have been any nicer and his publicist Susan told me how much he enjoyed it. It meant so much to me. When I was in middle school, I totally wanted to be the Red Ranger and at that moment it all kind of came full circle for me.
Q6. You have gone to quite a few conventions even actually meeting Austin St. John and other former cast members. What is the atmosphere like when you step into a scenery such as those?
A: I actually only went to Power Morphicon in Pasadena. Living in Los Angeles, that was easy to get to and they were very nice for inviting me. It was awesome. I only planned on going one day and I ended up there all three days. I loved some of the panels. I got to really learn about what went on behind the scenes as they made the show. And I got to see some of these guys in person. Austin St. John let me come to the front of the line and take a picture with him and as I said before, he just couldn’t be any nicer. He’s a really good dude. I had a lot of people come up to me letting me know how much they enjoyed The Ranger and asked if there would be more. I loved seeing all the merchandise. I didn’t actually buy anything as I’m not really a toy collector but seeing the White Tiger Dagger on display was a trip. Actually I lied. I bought a He-Man drawing that was signed by the artist. I couldn’t help myself.
Q7. You announced that The Ranger: Comeback will continue this Spring of 2015. What can fans expect to see?
A: Jason is on his mission to rescue Kim. He knows who has Kim. He just doesn’t know how to get to him. He visits a man from his past for help. And when I say his past, I mean the past that I have created for him. It’s a whole different take on Jason’s backstory. I am just hoping the fans will enjoy the journey I take them on. Its a big risk we are taking.
Q8. If you were pitching The Ranger to Saban or anybody else for a major film project, How would you sell it to them?
A: Been there. Done that. Saban responded with a request to take down my film. I didn’t. Hey, I get where they are coming from….sort of?
Q10. How can the people find you online and keep an update on yourself and The Ranger: Comeback?
A: Sure. Anyone can go ahead and visit The Ranger fan page. I respond to any message that people send me. I also respond to every single tweet and almost every Instagram comment. @mattjay_son on Twitter mattjay_son on Instagram and the Ranger page is at https://www.facebook.com/TheRangerfilm.
Q11. Again I just wanna say thank you for letting me interview you. Much continued success to any endeavors you chose to step in and to your latest project. May the power protect you. It really has been a pleasure. Any last words or shout-outs?