In a months old Hobby Hobby magazine, Toei executive Takeyuki Suzuki states that Saban requested they film special extra scenes that would be used for the upcoming 20th anniversary series of Power Rangers.
In the interview, Takeyuki confirms that Toei did filmed scenes specifically for what would be the adaptation of Pirate Sentai Gokaiger, using only Zyuranger onwards teams.
HH: 2012 is also the 20th anniversary of Power Rangers, isnâ€™t it.
Suzuki: At first we got an offer from America to do something like “199 Heroes,” but of course Power Rangers started with Zyuranger, so the characters before that donâ€™t exist. “So just get rid of those parts.” (laughs) We canâ€™t do that either, so the discussion became “Letâ€™s just film new footage with the 20 yearsâ€™ worth that we do need.”
HH: Power Rangers has already been re-imported and dubbed with the voices of the actors that played in the Japanese original. Thatâ€™s very interesting.
Suzuki: Yes, once you get used to it, itâ€™s very interesting. But thereâ€™s a cost to getting the actors to dub, so we canâ€™t really do it much.
HH: Lately they have events even in Taiwan. In Asia, itâ€™s not really “Power Rangers” is it?
Suzuki: I suppose. Originally they would just broadcast the Japanese version in east Asia. They’ve been doing that in Taiwan for 7 years now. Itâ€™s not really profitable, but they wanted to try it out, so they did it. Itâ€™s gotten an unusually good reaction.
HH: So then, what are the prospects for Sentai, including Power Rangers, in 2012?
Suzuki: In America it will be the 20th anniversary of Power Rangers, so they have to put forth a lot of work. In preparation for that, they asked us to “film the parts with the Super Sentai (from Zyuranger on) in Japan.” Weâ€™re currently setting up for that.