Jem and the Holograms gets a live-action movie from G.I. Joe director, and he wants your help

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Mar 21, 2014, 8:56 AM EDT (Updated)

I refuse to call this news outrageous. Truly, truly, truly, I refuse. It's pretty interesting, though.

If you were a child of the '80s, then you might recall that it was the golden age of Saturday morning cartoons. Mostly it was the boys who were being marketed to (Transformers, He-Man, G.I. Joe, The Real Ghostbusters), but girls were getting stuff like My Little Pony, Strawberry Shortcake and She-Ra.

The cartoon for girls with the best theme song, though? It's gotta be Jem and the Holograms. Come on. Don't act like you don't remember. Here -- sing along.

Well, as is a matter of inevitability, Jem is getting her own movie. And it's being directed by Jon M. Chu, who made G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

But that's not the weird part.

In addition to Chu directing, the film will be produced by Jason Blum. Yes, the Jason Blum who also produces horror movies like Insidious and Paranormal Activity.

But that's STILL not the weird part.

No, the weird part is that they're asking fans of the original animated series to help them make the new Jem movie. No, they don't want your money -- they want your ideas. Your delicious, delicious brain meats.

Basically, they want fans to make videos where they talk about what they love about Jem, costumes they want to see, storylines they think should be told and, most importantly, who should play the lead. You make a video, you post it with the hashtag #JEMTHEMOVIE, and you get ... well, nothing, really.

And that's sort of the hitch here. Because a Jem and the Holograms movie? Sure, I'm game. Who wouldn't be? It's a story about a girl who uses her holographic computer to be a rock star and save the day. Everyone wants that movie.


But asking people to give away their time and ideas for free? I dunno, fellas. You may not want fans' money, but, if you want fan help actually making your film, you should probably pay them.

I'll let them pitch you on the idea, though, so you can judge for yourselves.

It's hard to say nothing, isn't it? Especially when you want a movie really, really badly.

All right, all right. Here's my pitch.

You set it in the modern day. A young musician struggling to catch a break discovers the holographic computer Synergy, who has been dormant since the '80s. Synergy offers the girl glamour, glitter, fashion, fame, et cetera, but, having not been active in a while, she still thinks it's the '80s, so all her ideas of how to become a successful rock star are hilariously antiquated. It's the classic story of a cynical girl finding happiness in the most unlikely of places, but with giant pink hair. 

Also, it has to feature rival band The Misfits, heavily. Because their songs are better. Obviously.

And, finally, Jem herself -- she's gotta be played by Karen Gillan. I mean, duh. Just slap a pink wig on that head and she's basically good to go.

But that's just my free advice. If Chu and company really want to do this thing right, what do you think needs to happen to make a Jem movie work?

(via Comic Book Movie)