'G.I. Joe' Director Jon M. Chu Tackling 'Jem and the Holograms' Next
by Ethan Anderton
March 20, 2014
While that James Bond teaser might have been completely fake, this next bit of news is not. After reaching into the nostalgia pocket for G.I. Joe: Retaliation, director Jon M. Chu is picking up another 80s property from Hasbro. The filmmaker, along with producer Jason Blum (Insidious, Paranormal Activity) and Scooter Braun have just announced (via ComingSoon) they will be turning the animated series Jem and the Holograms into a feature film. And what's more, they're asking for creative fan submissions to make part of the film, and also having open auditions for people who can sing, dance and act. This is outrageous.
Here's the video announcement from the filmmakers at JemTheMovie.com:
Now this might just be an elaborate set-up for some kind of April Fools joke, but since all of the real filmmakers are in this video, the Tumblr is real, and going through all these submissions in 11 days just for a prank would be pretty ridiculous, we think it's probably real. If you're not familiar with Jem and the Holograms, it was a cartoon series from Hasbro, Marvel and Sunbow Productions that premiered in 1985, following the adventures of the titular Jem, the musical superstar alter ego of a young woman named Jerrica Benton who, with the help of a holographic computer called Synergy, is able to clandestinely perform rock concerts with her friends. Yeah, that sounds ridiculous enough to be a major motion pictures. Thoughts?