Universal Pictures has released a featurette for director Jon M. Chu‘s upcoming live-action adaptation of Jem and the Holograms. The featurette focuses on  the history of the classic 1980s cartoon, and Chu’s vision in adapting it to the screen.

Fans of the cartoon have taken umbrage with the fact that this adaption no way resembles its source material. It has the same characters in name and that is all.

Chu does a fair job of explaining the need to update Jem for modern audiences. His intentions and motivations sound earnest enough. The movie will surely find its place among the young girls of today.

Fans of the original will just have to re-watch episodes of How I Met Your Mother, as Robin Sparkles is the closest thing we’ll ever get to a real Jem movie.

As a small-town girl catapults from underground video sensation to global superstar, she and her three sisters begin a one-in-a-million journey of discovering that some talents are too special to keep hidden. In Universal Pictures’ Jem and the Holograms movie, four aspiring musicians will take the world by storm when they see that the key to creating your own destiny lies in finding your own voice.

The musical adventure stars Aubrey Peeples as Jem, Stefanie Scott as Kimber, Aurora Perrineau as Shana, Hayley Kiyoko as Aj,a and Ryan Guzman as Rio. it also stars Molly Ringwald and Juliette Lewis.

Jem and the Holograms hits theaters on October 23rd.

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