A Jem movie is in the works, but apparently the creator of the original animated series was never asked to be a part of it.
Yesterday, fans of the show were set abuzz by the news that Hasbro is developing a live-action Jem and the Holograms movie with director Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), and things got even more interesting when Chu and company announced that they were asking fans for their ideas regarding casting, storylines and even costumes for the movie. If you loved that show growing up (or if you marathoned it on Netflix as an adult, which there is no shame in), you've got to be excited for what'll happen next with the project.
Jem movie news got a bit gloomier today, though, when we found out that writer Christy Marx -- who created the animated series based on the toy line for Hasbro, created backstories for all of the original toy characters, developed numerous new characters and wrote nearly half of the show's 65 episodes -- is not involved in developing the movie.
After receiving numerous questions about the project, Marx wrote on her Facebook page that she had "no inkling that the movie was being developed or had reached this stage until a couple of days ago," when someone at Hasbro let her know so she wouldn't be "blindsided" by the offical news. She also noted that she received a call from Chu later that day, and had a "wonderful talk" with him, but that didn't change her disappointment that Hasbro hadn't reached out to her to be involved.
"I don’t think I can hide that I’m deeply unhappy about being shut out of the project," Marx wrote. "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."
Marx was also concerned that, so far, the creative team assembled for the movie seems to be made up entirely of men, something that doesn't seem very Jem-like.
"My other unhappy observation is that I see two male producers, a male director and a male writer," she wrote. "Where is the female voice? Where is the female perspective? Where are the women?"
Marx ended her post by both expressing her understanding that, at the end of the day, Jem belongs to Hasbro, and they can do what they want with the franchise with or without her input, and by praising Chu.
"He treated me with honesty and respect. He is sincere, passionate, and filled with a desire to make the best Jem movie he can make," she wrote "He wants to reinvent Jem for a current audience. His take is somewhat different from the approach I wanted to take, but that just means it’s different, not that there’s anything wrong with it. I urge everyone to judge the merits of his work on the result and I hope he delivers us an excellent, truly outrageous movie."
So, unless Hasbro is persuaded to change its mind, it looks like Jem will go forward into the live-action world without the writer behind the show that started it all. We can't help but thinking that's truly, truly, truly outrageous.