Last week, the news was released that a film adaption of the hit 80s cartoon ‘Jem and The Holograms’ was in the works. This lead to conflicted feelings in my heart. I was at once filled with excitement and disgust. Jem is truly outrageous, is it really possible for Hollywood (in its current state) to deliver a movie worthy of the title Jem? I worked myself into a tizzy over the whole thing. Then, I took a breath, and started to think of ways the movie could be good. Hollywood, pull up a chair and take some notes!
1. Make it Animated.
Why would you even dream of having it live action? Is it possible to create Synergy in a live action movie and it not look ridiculous? I am thinking no. Jem is about fantastic colours and over the top everything – this is a world suited to animation. Animated films bring in audiences of all ages and where storytelling can flourish – why are you fighting that Hollywood?
2. Get John Cameron Mitchell to Run the Show
If you are going to insist on going live action, get John Cameron Mitchell involved now! Jem could be a fantastic musical, it does not have to be mediocre. Mitchell knows how to create a colourful, thoughtful, toe tapping musical film.
Create a world we do not live in but would like to for 90 mins. Make sure the costumes are flamboyant and a tad impractical. These outfits are placed on the body by a magical computer, they need to look like clothing from another world.
4. More Kimber
The cartoon could have used more Kimber. Fix this mistake by giving Kimber more screen time. She writes the music after all.
5. Write a Good Story
Seems obvious, I know. But gosh darn it, it seems as though story is the last thing film studios consider when reinterpreting old characters. Make Jem the movie better than ‘Jem and The Holograms’ the show. Write a creative, fun story with well thought out characters. Make sure that story comes first. Everything else will fall into place after that.
Now good luck, and don’t f*** it up.