Jon M. Chu, Jason Blum and Scooter Braun are taking an unusual approach to the project, asking for participation from fans.
I still love Jem & The Holograms fiercely. I’m going to be uber-picky about this. Fair warning.
I’m already concerned with this film adaptation. The source material is so rich and vivid, I’m not sure why they need audience input on the music and costumes. Jem & The Holograms is KNOWN for it’s music (which is still great) and their costumes. Can you imagine Jem/Jerrica without her hip sash & fringe? The original vocals were great and while I can understand if the same performers are not able to sing the music, I don’t see why the original songs cannot be adapted. How awesome is Who Is He Kissing? and Jealousy and I Am A Giant and all the others!
But here’s what really concerns me. Do these men get it? I’m hoping they do but they don’t seem excited about Jem in the video and their previous work was on the very male-oriented G.I. Joe Retaliation. Jem & The Holograms, a toy and then a cartoon, centered around two all-female rock bands. There were very few all-female rock bands in the 80s for girls to look up to. What Jem & The Holograms did was provide a a possibilty for girls - that they too could rock out just as well as the boys. That they could play all the instruments.
I’m not generally opposed to gender swapping roles. I usually find it fun and refreshing but to me, what made Jem & The Holograms and The Misfits, so awesome was that they were women. Jem/Jerrica was a working woman running a record company, being the most famous singer in the world and heading up the Starlight Orphanage. She was the ultimate modern career woman. I think this are still important values to display as well as the all-female dynamic.
I still have all my dolls, all their cassette tapes and the dvds. Jem & The Holograms and their world, had a huge impact on me and I know I’m not the only one. This product/show deserves to be treated with the reverence as the best comic adaptations. I’ve got my fingers crossed!