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The recently announced Jem and the Holograms movie begins filming in 3 weeks

04.04.2014

Remember two weeks ago when we brought you the news that director Jon M. Chu would be directing the live action adaptation of 80s cartoon JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS? Well, I guess the project was further along than we thought because they begin filming in three weeks. In an industry where studio films typically can take months if not years to get produced, and even then sometimes fall apart, this movie looks to be taking a different path.

Producer Jason Blum, best known for his horror fare like PARANORMAL ACTIVITY and THE PURGE, shed some light on how JEM came together so quickly.

Directors typically have three choices Ė you do a studio movie and get a paycheck up front, you do an independent movie, which is for your heart and you donít get paid up front and probably donít make any money on it, but it hopefully goes to Sundance and is more of an art movie, and then you do TV. I feel like our company is a fourth bucket, which is to do an independent movie that a studio will release.

Blum could easily be turning the entire Hollywood system upside down if JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS works as well as his low budget horror films have. Found footage and horror are typically easy to make because they cost so little and have a huge return on investment. Chu was able to do something similar with his STEP UP movies as they were basically all choreography and little else. But, what does this mean for JEM? Will the movie be a STEP UP style movie with a lot of dance and singing and a shitty script or could it actually be a well made movie done on the cheap and very quickly?

Chu and JEM producers shared the first update on the production of the film on YouTube including a look at some of the fan submissions for the movie. The fan results are varied in quality, but it does give a good look at what will definitely be a new trend in movie production.

Source: iO9

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12:18AM on 05/17/2015
Jon M. Chu......yeah movie is gonna suck monkey cock.
Jon M. Chu......yeah movie is gonna suck monkey cock.
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8:40PM on 04/06/2014
They should totally cast Cobie Smulders for the lead.
They should totally cast Cobie Smulders for the lead.
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5:29AM on 04/05/2014

what?

so the movie is announced. then is filming a few weeks later?
That is Truly Outrageous
so the movie is announced. then is filming a few weeks later?
That is Truly Outrageous
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11:15PM on 04/04/2014
Really? My wife loved this cartoon I'll Have to let her know!
Really? My wife loved this cartoon I'll Have to let her know!
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11:04PM on 04/04/2014

Im currently drinking......

Where are they gonna find a purple haired black woman at? Seriously, I would like to know, that mess would be hot.
Where are they gonna find a purple haired black woman at? Seriously, I would like to know, that mess would be hot.
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11:19PM on 04/04/2014
The actress will be wearing a wig I'm sure
The actress will be wearing a wig I'm sure
1:07AM on 04/05/2014
Im sure. I was being a dumb ass, i been drinking. still am
Im sure. I was being a dumb ass, i been drinking. still am
9:48PM on 04/04/2014
On this site we hear about incredible dream movie projects being put in turnaround, stuck in development hell or cancelled completely because they were thought up by the guy who had the office before me.
And now a Jem & The Holograms movie gets announced to scorn & apathy from fans and gets put into production after less than a month.
Truly WTF Hollywood?
On this site we hear about incredible dream movie projects being put in turnaround, stuck in development hell or cancelled completely because they were thought up by the guy who had the office before me.
And now a Jem & The Holograms movie gets announced to scorn & apathy from fans and gets put into production after less than a month.
Truly WTF Hollywood?
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9:37PM on 04/04/2014
They...have a script right? And a cast?
They...have a script right? And a cast?
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9:35PM on 04/04/2014

yay

It's about fuckin time!
It's about fuckin time!
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7:43PM on 04/04/2014
I'm still really confused by this project. The cartoon was little more than a display of 80's excess. Which was all well and fine for the time, even I watched the cartoon and thought it was fun when I was a kid, but it's laughable now. Which makes me think that this HAS to be some kind of parody. That or they've modernized it and, as said, are doing this in a similar manner to the dance movies where the centerpiece is the music and the script and acting suck. Heck, I kind of think they would
I'm still really confused by this project. The cartoon was little more than a display of 80's excess. Which was all well and fine for the time, even I watched the cartoon and thought it was fun when I was a kid, but it's laughable now. Which makes me think that this HAS to be some kind of parody. That or they've modernized it and, as said, are doing this in a similar manner to the dance movies where the centerpiece is the music and the script and acting suck. Heck, I kind of think they would have to modernize it in order for people who have no idea what the heck Jem is to be interested.
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