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Is This Real Life?? Jem & The Holograms Movie?!


We’ve waited 29 years for a live action Jem movie. But now every piece of news we hear about this project makes us want to rip out our pink hair and weep. The new Jem movie announced last month is now filming in three weeks! How is this possible? What is going on? Where are the women?When we first heard that G.I. Joe 2’s Jon M. Chu would be directing a Jem and the Holograms movie, we got excited. Chu understands the proper level of campiness that would be needed to adapt the singing sensation into today’s times, while maintaining her Jem-ness. So yay!But writer Jenni Miller pointed out that Jem creator Christy Marx was NEVER CONSULTED by the new, all-male movie development team on the live-action adaptation. We got a little upset. And then we read what Marx had to say about this whole adaptation, and our concern level skyrocketed:Not surprisingly, I’m being inundated with inquiries about the Jem movie. Here’s what I have to say about it.I’ll answer the obvious and most frequent question first: No, I had no inkling that the movie was being developed or had reached this stage until a couple of days ago. Someone high in the Hasbro PR department thoughtfully reached out to me to let me know about the movie and the impending announcement so that I wouldn’t be blindsided by it. I appreciated that gesture.That same afternoon, John Chu also reached out and called me and we had a long, wonderful talk. I greatly enjoyed talking with him, sharing our love of Jem, and becoming acquainted.Many people wonder how I feel about it. I don’t think I can hide that I’m deeply unhappy about being shut out of the project. 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. I wouldn’t be human if that failed to bother me.My other unhappy observation is that I see two male producers, a male director and a male writer. Where is the female voice? Where is the female perspective? Where are the women?Now, as far as not bringing me on-board, that’s the reality of franchise IPs. It’s their property, they can do whatever they want with it, and they have no obligations whatsoever to me. Was it a smart decision? You decide.

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