Here at ComicsAlliance, we have done our best to provide you with the most needlessly thorough coverage of the upcoming live-action Jem and the Holograms movie, but to be honest, that's been pretty difficult since there hasn't really been a whole lot of information. Other than the news that the sinister Eric Raymond had been recast as Erica Raymond and would be played by Juliette Lewis (which sounds awesome) and the news that it finished filming something like three days after it was announced (which sounds... less awesome), there hasn't been much. Until now.
This week, Universal Pictures released the first, and so far only, image of the upcoming film, which means that it's time once again for our expert in-depth analysis.
As regular readers will no doubt be aware, ComicsAlliance's most anticipated movie of 2015/ever is the upcoming live-action adaptation of the greatest glam-rock cartoon of all time, Jem and the Holograms. That said, there are a lot of rumors floating around about changes made in the transition from the small screen to the big screen. Some of them are interesting (possibly recasting Eric Raymond as a woman), some of them are worrisome (making an entire Jem movie without the Misfits), but they're all pointing at a Jem that's pretty different from the one we're used to. We just weren't quite expecting it to be this different.
As you can see from the video above, it seems like the live-action Jem has recast its stars as men who sing in Italian. So... that's unexpected.
I think we can all agree that the announcement of a new Jem and the Holograms series by Kelly Thompson and Ross Campbell is the single most important comic book news of 2014/ever, but until now, we've only really had half of the equation. Sure, the book and the creative team were announced, but we only got to see the new designs for Jerrica Benton and her sisters. The Misfits, the rival group that bears no relation to the real-life Glenn Danzig/Jerry Only band of the same name, had yet to take the spotlight.
Now, though, Roxy, Pizzazz, Stormer and Jetta have been revealed in all their punk rock glory, ready to both make better songs and also commit seriously egregious felonies in the name of rock supremacy.
IDW has announced that their publishing schedule for 2015 is going to include four important elements that have been sorely lacking from the world of comic books: Glamor, glitter, fashion and fame.
In what is likely the single greatest announcement in the history of the medium, it was revealed today that next year's lineup is going to include an all-new Jem and the Holograms ongoing series, from writer Kelly Thompson and CA favorite artist Ross Campbell. Much like IDW's approach to other licenses they've picked up over the past few years, like G.I. Joe and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Jem is planned as a reboot, bringing the Holograms into the 21st century with Campbell's amazing contemporary designs.
After revealing the principal cast, seen above in an Instagram photo posted by Stefanie Scott, last month, the upcoming Jem movie, directed by G.I. Joe: Retaliation's John M. Chu, has revealed more members of the cast. Jem's love interest/roadie/manager, Rio Pacheco, will be played by Ryan Guzman, of Step Up: Revolution and Pretty Little Liars. Perhaps the more interesting news, however, is that Molly Ringwald and Juliette Lewis have been announced as cast members whose roles have yet to be revealed.
In the latest development from what is unquestionably the single most important news story of all time, the first round of casting has been announced for the upcoming Jem movie, and all four Holograms now have actresses assigned to their parts. Kimber, Shana and Aja will be played by Stefanie Scott, Aurora Perrineau and Hayley Kiyoko, respectively, while the title role of Jerrica Benton, alias Jem, will be played by Aubrey Peeples, who also appeared in SyFy's Sharknado.
This is not a joke. Jem is from Sharknado and Aja was Velma. This movie is officially being made for me, and the rest of you can deal with that.
Last week, Hasbro announced that a movie based on Jem, the classic 1980s animated series about the glamour, glitter, fashion and fame of a rock star with a secret identity, was in development, helmed by G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu. Since this is literally the most important thing that has ever happened, CA Senior Writer Chris Sims cleared his schedule to allow for that most fun pastime for writers on the internet: Rampant speculation about what we would do if we were in charge of bringing Jem and the Holograms to the big screen. Here's what he thinks a truly, truly, truly outrageous (whoa-oh-oh-oh) Jem movie should be.
When the news broke about the announcement of a Jem and the Hologramsmovie, ComicsAlliance promised to stay on top of the story, and today, just in case the very idea of a Hollywood adaptation of Jem having its roles crowdsourced via Tumblr wasn't weird enough, we have now reached the second wrinkle of the story: Christy Marx, the original creator of Jem and the Holograms, won't be involved in themovie.
In a statement on her Facebook page that followed the announcement of Jon M. Chu's upcoming film, Marx revealed that she was informed of the movie a few days before the announcement and spoke to Chu about it, but 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."
Am I awake right now? Is this whole world a just beautiful dream? Because folks, it is rare that news comes across the desk here at ComicsAlliance that literally brings me to tears of joy, and today, that has happened. I am openly weeping at my desk, because it has just been announced that there will be a Jem and the Holograms live-action feature film from G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu. The beauty of the man who brought us last year's greatest cliff-side ninja fighting turning his attention to the glamour, glitter, fashion and fame ofJem is overwhelming.
The film is still in its extremely early stages of production, though, and has yet to be cast. In fact, Chu, along with Jason Blum and Scooter Braun are looking to cast the Holograms by having fans submit videos of themselves via Tumblr. And now you know why I wasn't sure if this was a dream. Check out the video announcement below!
Maybe I'm biased having spent the better part of sixth grade painting spare Spider-Man toys to look like Citizen V, but having seen USA Today's reveal of Hasbro's San Diego Comic-Con 2013 exclusives all I can really think is, "It's about dadburn time we got some Thunderbolts action figures."
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