"Jem and the Holograms" to Get Live-Action Feature; Creator Christy Marx Shut Out of Production
The 1980’s animated series Jem and the Holograms is set to be adapted for a live-action feature film from Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions, Scooter Braun Productions, and director Jon M. Chu (Step Up 2: The Streets, Step Up 3D, G.I. Joe: Retaliation). The original series ran from 1985 – 1988, and focused on the musical misadventures of Jerrica Benton, who used her late father’s supercomputer Synergy and realistic hologram technology to become a rockstar named Jem. The movie promises to update the original series “for a whole new generation with themes of being true to who you are in a multitasking, hyperlinked social media age” and is already soliciting ideas from fans to be submitted via Tumblr. The movie has been fast-tracked to start production this spring.
However, original series creator Christy Marx has posted a statement on her Facebook page that she was informed of the plans for the movie only a few days before the announcement, and that “no one in the entertainment arm of Hasbro wanted to talk to me, have me write for it, or at the very least consult on it.” However, she did comment on her interaction with Jon M. Chu himself, saying he treated her with “honesty and respect,” and that she hopes he delivers “an excellent, truly outrageous movie.”
(via Comics Alliance)