When news broke about the announcement of a Jem and the holograms movie, ComicsAlliance promised to stay on top of the story, and today, just in case the very idea of a Hollywood adaptation of jem having his roles outsourced via Tumblr wasn’t weird enough, we’ve now reached the second part of the story: Christy Marx, the original creator of Jem and the hologramswill not be involved in movie.
In a statement on her Facebook page following the announcement of Jon M. Chu’s next film, Marx revealed that she was told about the film a few days before the announcement and told Chu about it, but that “no one in Hasbro’s entertainment arm wanted to talk to me, get me to write for him, or at the very least consult about it.”
Marx wrote quite frankly that she was “deeply unhappy to have been left out of the project”, which is understandable given that she created the characters for jem and wrote over a third of the show’s original 65-episode run. It should be noted that Larry Hama, who created and developed the characters for G.I. Joe and wrote all but one issue of his decade-long original comic series, was actually hired as a consultant on GI Joe: The Rise of the Cobrabut only after a leaked draft of the script drew universal criticism from fans.
Although he was hurt, Marx also spoke very kindly of Chu himself:
“He treated me with honesty and respect. He is sincere, passionate and filled with the desire to make the best Jem movie he can make. He wants to reinvent Jem for today’s audience. His approach 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 their work on the outcome and I hope he delivers an excellent, truly outrageous film.
Her main concern, however, seems to be that the three people linked to the movie Jem in its current state are all male, which isn’t the best sign for a series that was one of the most prominent representations of feminism in the world. 80s cartoons. The focus on female characters, especially Jerrica, a capable record executive who struggled with dual identities and found success through hard work despite legitimately murderous rivals (also women) and a mocking enemy, is a big part of why this show lives on in people’s minds. of fans today, and it’s certainly a concern shared by fans. Again, we’re still incredibly early in production — three people aren’t exactly going to make a movie on their own, no matter how much help they get from Tumblr — but it’s worth keeping an eye on. production from here.