Everyone's losing their got-damn minds about Joseph Kahn's dark'n'gritty short film reboot of beloved '90s kids' action franchise Power Rangers, which features near-blockbuster-level production, meticulous editing, and tense scenes between James Van Der Beek and Katee Sackhoff. Holy shit, it's amazing! So dark, so R-rated! When can we see this cinematic masterpiece?

Sorry, nerds: Kahn says the joke's on us—and on the Hollywood darkening and grittifying machine that's given us Grown Up reboots of lightweight childhood franchises, board games, and even Batman.

In an interview with Drew McWeeny at Hitfix, who's known about POWER/RANGERS since last summer, Kahn basically said his goal was to spoof the "dark, gritty reboot" trend, but to take it way past the palatable PG-13 "grit" that makes it into theaters:

"It's funny… I've seen repurposed stuff on the Internet where they take a property that's serious and make it even more so, like a Batman fan film or something like that, or a video game or whatever. I've actually seen stuff like where they've taken ridiculous stuff like Mario Brothers and then tried to make the dark and gritty version, and they obviously play it for laughs.

I think the trick that I really wanted to do with this was to make that dark and gritty version that everybody keeps talking about, but really do it. Really see if I could totally accomplish it with essentially a really incredible incredibly silly property."

And he did. He totally accomplished it, to the point that his project is a huge internet phenomenon and fans are clamoring for a full-length version, hailing the project for its supreme, yes, dark and grittiness. It's the perfect cinematic crime.

That full-length version is never coming, by the way, for a number of reasons. First among them: Kahn doesn't really want to make it. He told McWeeny:

"The irony here is that I wouldn't even want to make "Power Rangers: The Movie' for real. Like if I had to make a 'Power Rangers' movie, this is it. It's 14 minutes long and it's violent and this is what I have in me. If they offered me the 200 million version, the PG-13 version, I literally wouldn't do it. It's just not interesting to me."

And, for another thing, Power Rangers copyright holder Saban is apparently not too pleased. The company filed a copyright claim that got POWER/RANGERS taken down from Vimeo.

Ironically, if this whole strange saga has any effect on the massive Hollywood beast at which it's slinging stones, it will probably be to reinforce the already entrenched notion that fans love nothing more than to see old, familiar properties turned grim and violent. And dark and gritty.

Fantastic Four is coming to theaters August 7.

[h/t Hitfix]