Ready for something Truly Outrageous?! Jem and the Holograms are coming to a theater near you — in a new live-action movie! The hit 1980s cartoon, about music company owner Jerrica Benton and her secret rock star alter ego Jem, is being remade for the big screen by G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu.
Chu announced the news in a YouTube video with Blumhouse Production’s Jason Blum and music mogul Scooter Braun on Thursday, March 20. “The movie, without giving away too much, is a modern-day, live-action reinvention of the 1980s Hasbro classic cartoon, Jem and the Holograms,” Chu shared.
“If you don’t know Jem and the Holograms, Google it or Netflix it,” Blum chimed in. “If you have a cool mom, she’ll definitely know what it is.”
Cool moms and other fans of the pink-haired heroine came to love Jem and her band during the show’s three-season run from 1985 to 1988. Chu’s version — scripted by Ryan Landels — will update the story “for a whole new generation with themes of being true to who you are in a multitasking, hyperlinked social media age,” the producers told The Hollywood Reporter.
In keeping with that social media theme, the filmmakers are asking fans to contribute their ideas. “We want to invite you into our process to help us make our next movie, from writing music to designing costumes to even casting — whatever it is, we want you to be part of our creative team,” Chu said in the YouTube vid.
Your first assignment? Using the hashtag #JemTheMovie, post a video and tell the producers what you love about Jem. You can also submit a video of yourself for casting. “We want you to be our movie star,” Braun said.
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