Just like everybody else in the world I take every opportunity to rag on Hollywood and its inability to do anything other than remakes and reboots. But, and this is a big Rob Kardashian-sized but: Jem and the Holograms is getting the live action movie treatment and I couldn’t possibly be more excited.
For those born after the 80s (or at least after VH1’s I Love the 80s brought the rest of us up to speed) Jem and the Holograms is an animated series about the utterly fabulous, and truly outrageous Jerrica Benton aka Jem. Using a holographic sentient AI called Synergy Jerrica transforms into the show’s titular rockstar to perform with her bandmates the Holograms. To put her into a 2014-context she’s the conceptual precursor to both Lady Gaga *and* Hannah Montana.
And now she’s due for a comeback courtesy of Jon M. Chu, director of G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Justin Bieber’s Believe, and the second and third Step-Up sequels. While not my favorite movies in the world his past credits show he’s comfortable with the things a Jem movie needs: Music, dancing, and a familiarity with Hasbro properties.
Chu is also reaching out to fans for their help in creating the film. Before you reach for your wallet though, the creators aren’t asking for your money but instead your “creativity”. He is encouraging fans to send in their ideas for the film via Twitter, to ensure that fans get the movie they really want to see:
“#JemTheMovie is happening & we want YOU to be part of it! Help @jonmchu @blumhouse & @scooterbraun make the movie!”
They’re even looking for casting help via the hashtag #jemthemovie. Make a video, not over two minutes, showing off your skills and use that hashtag so they can find it. Who knows, maybe you’ll be the next Jem?
Hopefully a video-game spinoff isn’t far behind. What’s Harmonix up to these days?
Raise of hands. Who else is ready to get truly truly outrageous?