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Jem and the Holograms Is Getting a Movie Reboot. Time to Start Screaming and Throwing Things.

And So It Begins

Whether that’s excited screaming and throwing things or angry screaming and throwing things I’ll leave up to you. But I have some info behind the jump that might help you make up your mind.

To start things out on a less-than-positive note: The live-action, modern-day reboot will be directed by Jon M. Chu, who helmed that other classic-’80s-cartoon-turned-live-action-movie (well, one of the others), G.I. Joe: Retaliation. He’s also behind the greatest cinematic achievement of our age, the Justin Bieber doc Never Say Never.

I’m so sorry, Jem fans. Haven’t thrown your hands up in despair yet? Let’s continue.

One Ryan Lendels, who has no previous credits on IMDB, is writing the script, which according to The Hollywood Reporter:

“centers on an orphaned teenage girl who becomes an online recording sensation. She and her sisters embark on a music-driven scavenger hunt — one that sends them on an adventure across Los Angeles in an attempt to unlock a final message left by her father.”

The producers also note that their Jem is being reinvented “for a whole new generation with themes of being true to who you are in a multitasking, hyperlinked social-media age.”

They followed that up with “Buzzword! Hashtag! YOLO!”

Chu and producers Jason Blum and Scooter Braun are encouraging Jem fans to provide their input on things like costumes, casting, and just overall feel on JemtheMovie.com. I don’t doubt that said fans will in droves, unless I’ve overestimated the power of nostalgia. If so moved by the gods, you can even send in an audition tape. I’ll just let them describe it:

How ’bout it? Are you excited? Cautiously optimistic? Running for the hills? Foaming at the mouth?

(via: The Hollywood Reporter)

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