'G.I. Joe' Director Jon M. Chu Tackling 'Jem and the Holograms' Next

March 20, 2014

Jem and the Holograms

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

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?

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  • Ryan Thomas Hardy
    This is honestly a brilliant idea and a film I would truly watch. The animated TV series was so unique and inspired it would work perfectly for live action compared to the other crap that has come out the 80s. I even like what they are doing bringing together fans to make it an audience experience at first. This does have lots of potential and am not joking. I would be interested in seeing where this project goes, please continue to follow up on this amazing project firstshowing right to the very first trailer. Because I want to be the first person getting my tickets early for this cinematic masterpiece.
  • avconsumer2
    Truly outrageous.
    LOLOLOLOL!!! April Fools! Oh, wait...shiiiittt...
  • lewinston
    They seem legitimately keen on Jem and the Holograms.... but I'm still not feeling too supportive. :/
  • Hey that sounds like the perfect film for ole C Tates! (channing tatum)
  • Saint Anger
    Gems are truly outrageous...




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