Truly, Truly, Truly!
The classic 1980s toon Jem and The Holograms about an all-girl evildoer-thwarting rock band will be joining the ranks of contemporaries like Transformers and GI JOE and receiving a live-action cinema makeover for a new generation.
As much as nerds of a certain age love our 80’s toons, fact is female audiences weren’t offered nearly as much awesomeness. If you were a young girl in that decade, and your tastes went beyond talking ponies, emotionally upbeat magic bears, or fruit-themed gnome children, you were pretty much SOL. There wasn’t a female Transformer until Transformers: The Movie (the animated one–ask your parents, kids), The Joes and Cobras had 5 female members collectively (I think), and–let’s face it: She-Ra was made for boys.
That’s probably why Jem and the Holograms enjoys a surprisingly large cult following thirty-some years after it went off the air. It was the one cartoon that neither pandered to girls, nor tried to fool them into watching a male-dominated show. Women were the heroes and villains–with men appearing in largely supporting or bit roles. Plus, viewed nowadays it holds up surprisingly well, with interesting characters and top notch (for the genre) writing. Makes me wish I’d had the nerve to watch it while it was still on.
The film will be produced by Jason Blum‘s Blumhouse Productions (Paranormal Activity, Insidious) and Scooter Braun Productions (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never–try not to hold it against them). Appropriately enough, GI JOE: Retaliation‘s Jon M. Chu will direct.
Blum, Braun, and Chu announced the project today on YouTube:
Apparently, the show’s immensely loyal fanbase has been consulted regarding everything from costumes to music to casting.
The producers stated that Jem wil be re-imagined
for a whole new generation with themes of being true to who you are in a multitasking, hyperlinked social media age.
They went on to explain that the script, by Ryan Landels (who is responsible for something called The LXD: The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers–I’ve never heard of it, but the synopsis sounds like what you’d get if the cast of Heroes went on Dancing With The Stars), follows the adventures of an orphaned teenage girl who becomes an online pop superstar, and finds herself–along with her sisters–in the midst of a musical scavenger hunt to unlock the secrets of a message left by her father.
Details regarding casting or release have not been made available yet…only time will tell if Chu’s got the chops for another 80’s toon adaptation. I leave you with one of the coolest opening sequences in animation history:
Source: The Hollywood Reporter