Those who remember watching actual non 3D cartoon in the 80s might have something huge to be excited about. Jem and the Holograms are hitting the big screen. Back in the 80s it was all the rage to be a female pop singer of a rocking band, and for Jem, a fictitious colorful cartoon character she embodied that dream for children.
Displaying pink hair and eye makeup that would make Kesha jealous, Jem was the ultimate pop star, and back then she had a live action Tiffany to contend with, so that says something. Jem was a television series that ran in The States from 1985 to 1988 and it revolved around a music company owner and her singer alter-ego Jem, and her band, the Holograms. Obviously that was the coolest name to give your band back in those days. Nothing was cooler than a hologram, folks.
All that aside it looks like the super 80s cartoon is hitting the big screen. Today it was announced that director Jon M. Chu of G.I. Joe Retaliation fame is heading up the project with Jason Blum of Insidious and The Purge. In the producer’s chair is Scooter Braun, otherwise known as Justin Bieber’s sidekick.
The announcement that Jem would be heading to theaters was filmed and subsequently went viral earlier in the morning. Instead of assuming that they know what the 80s kids want from a Jem movie, director Chu is asking for all the JemHeads to come forward and submit ideas so they can get the film off the ground and running. Before you think this is a money scam, Chu exclusively said that this film is not linked to Kickstarter and no one is asking for money from JemHeads. Instead the trio are looking for casting ideas, audition tapes, costume designs, and music proposals. This pretty much looks like a free for all for the Jem film, but perhaps something good will come out of the fan submissions.
Honestly, we wouldn’t mind seeing How I Met Your Mother star Cobie Smulders take on the role of Jem. She already has the 80s pop star act down from playing Robin’s former pop diva self Robin Sparkles.
Not convinced that Cobie Smulders has what it takes to play Jem in the live-action version? Check this video out of the How I Met Your Mother star singing “Let’s Go To The Mall” in a very 80s-inspired video.
[Image credit: Hasbro]