Jem and the Holograms was an action-packed animated show, which aired from 1985 to 1988. It was based on the star Jerrica, a music company owner that used a hologram with the help of her computer Synergy, and a snag of her earring to become a rock star (Jem). Although the synopsis is a bit retro, the Jem and the Holograms trailer that was released May 2015, is not thrilling to the kids of the 80s.
When the announcement was made that the animated show was coming to the big screen, many were happy that Jem and the Holograms had found its way to Hollywood. However, when the trailer was released people were furious with the production. Fans told sources the production company did not do their job well. Then tweeted horrific comments about the released trailer.
In response to the 80s kids, that are not thrilled with the Jem and the Holograms trailer, executive producer Jason Blum, has spoken up in defense of the film and told sources,”the film might change some people opinions. Fans have to understand a trailer can only be two minutes long while a film is 90 minutes long.” Blum also reminded fans of the fact that everything in a film is never placed in a two-minute preview. He hopes that those who are passionate about Jem will make the effort to see the movie in order to at least give it a chance. His final words were,” do not judge a book by its cover.”
The film is being produced by Universal, as well as Blumhouse Productions, and its budget was five million dollars. Fans are upset because they wanted the movie to be exactly like the show, and some sources say the production is only using the name to get a large audience.
The original Jem and the Holograms was an animated show that mixed musical adventure, insane crime/action, and soap opera-like melodramatic plots. The band Misfits were also a part of the animated series, as they were the villains of the show who kidnapped and attempted mass murders.
However, the 21st-century film is different from the original Jem And The Holograms, and it is no longer about a hard-core woman in a rock band; instead, it has a coming to age twist to it. The film is about Jem, played by actress Aubrey Peeples, not being able to overcome the death of her father. She suffers from stage fright while attempting to become famous. Jem’s band mates will be played by up and coming actresses Aurora Perrineau, Haley Kiyoko, and Stefanie Scott.
Sources are asking Director Jon M. Chu, for more action in the teenage chick flick, since the trailer portrayed the film as an empowering coming of age flick for girls, with uplifting scenes to a male band’s hit songs, instead of its original macho boy series, Although many hope the movie is a success and exceeds its budget, people are still eager to see the film when it is released on October 23, 2015. They are hoping that at least the soundtrack is nostalgic of the original. Sources say they hope the audience will be left with a dark tease when the film ends.
Although 80s kids are not thrilled about the Jem and the Holograms movie trailer, a few people are excited about the fashion dolls that have recently hit the online shelves. However; according to Blum, the missing Synergy, villains, and Misfits will all be in the film, but people will have to understand that this is not the 1980s Jem. It is the 21st-century Jem, which includes a back story with a complete viral video that helps Jerrica get famous.
By Krystle Mitchell
Edited by Chanel van der Woodsen
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