EXCLUSIVE: Is ‘Jem and the Holograms’ Getting a Live Action Movie?

Hasbro is set to make a big announcement at NY Comic-Con, possibly in regards to the unveiling of a new Jem line of toys and accessories.
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is Jem finally getting her own live action movie? The popular 80s Hasbro cartoon and toy line Jem and the Holograms is experiencing a resurgence, gaining all kinds of new fans as it plays on The Hub in syndication. JEM And The Holograms: The Truly Outrageous Complete Series DVD, which brings all sixty-five episodes together for the first time, is set for release on October 11th from Shout Factory. And Hasbro has announced that they will be bringing Jem and the Holograms to New York Comic-Con 2011 in some capacity.

We recently caught up with voice actress Samantha Newark, who played both Jem and her alter ego Jerrica, on every single episode of the hit animated series. She let us know that Hasbro has a big announcement in store for Jem and the Holograms that will be unveiled during their NYCC presentation.

It has been rumored for a while that Jem and the Holograms will be getting the live action big screen treatment ala Hasbro's Transformers and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. In recent years, Hollywood has discovered that teen girls are an untapped market and that they can bring in box office gold when given the right property. Samantha Newark hinted that if Jem and the Holograms does head to the big screen, it might wind up being an animated film.

It is also possible that, with the recent successful launch of both the new Transformers: Prime and G.I. Joe: Resolute animated series, that Jem and the Holograms will be getting its own weekly run rendered in CG animation.

This is what Samantha Newark had to say about the upcoming announcement from Hasbro.

"I know that Hasbro is revealing something big that has to do with Jem at the New York Comic-Con in a couple of weeks. We are all waiting to see what they have up their sleeve. I am like everybody else. Just waiting to see what happens."

Samantha Newark is optimistic that the announcement will have to do with the physical return of Jem and the Holograms, not just the current and upcoming products that will be on display according to the official Hasbro press release in regards to NYCC 2011. But she has no idea if it is actually the long rumored movie or something else.

"No one has said anything about a live action movie yet, because no one knew what was going on with the franchise for a long time. It has been a big mystery, and it still is. I would hope that they kept some of the same writers on board, just to keep the tone of it. Who knows? I'm not sure what they have planned. I thought it would be cool if they did a really cool animated feature film, so that all of the actors could revive their roles. We're all not 85 years old, and we all still sound good. I think that would be really cool."

If a live action movie is in the works, Samantha Newark hopes that Hasbro will do with her what they did with Peter Cullen in the live action Transformers movie and bring her back for at least a cameo.

"I would love to do a cameo in it. That would be so much fun. The receptionist at Starlight Music. Something cool. I think they are aware of my connection to the fan base. We just have an awesome rapport. I am sure that they are taking note of that. Who knows? Let's just hope they get on board with a reunion that includes all of us. Perhaps a retrospective? Maybe? They should get us all together so that the fans can enjoy it. It would be really cool."

Only time will tell what Hasbro has in store for Jem and the Holograms.

JEM And The Holograms: The Truly Outrageous Complete Series DVD is available October 11th.

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  • Virginia-Lynch • 3 years ago

    You know they are bringing the 80s back.. fashion and all and with music.. there is all kinds today. I don't see why not.. I loved Jem and would loooove to see it in live action or done as a remake/modern version. They did it with care bears, strawberry shortcake, and my little pony so why not right? I am seeing more and more of the 80s clothes and styles and trends. The neon colors, and so on. I would look forward to it!


    • Alan-Rizkallah • 3 years ago

      I'm just now finding out about this because I tend to purposely ignore news on things I loved as a child being bastardized for today's youth. This is one franchise that I just want left alone, please!! The whole thing is built upon the 1980s rocker mentality, let's leave it at that. There doesn't need to be anything current involved with it, it's not something for today's youth. If anything, it would be more appropriate to see them do a chronological "20 years later" mature cartoon film meant for the adults who were children when it originally aired. Doing a modern reboot with modern music that's popular with young girls today is just so predictable and expected.


      • monkeyiron2-0 • 4 years ago

        In the words of Caesar "No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"


        • TheActionRoom • 4 years ago

          Hey Everyone!

          I did some test footage for a Live Action Jem!


          Hope you Enjoy it!



          • Nicole-Briddon • 4 years ago

            The AI always intrigued me, although I never quite realized how 'impossible' she was as a kid, I just thought of her as 'just another character' I think. Like MAL (Tim Curry) on CP(lol). But she could fix almost any situation (except volcanoes, bombs, fire, drugs, sneaky sabotage, Jem/Jerrica's tenuous grip on reality/sanity/boy-problems... actually there were many episodes where she wasn't much help at all LOL :) but Jem really needed to figure out her 'drama' w/ Rio on her own anyway. Hope they let that go and resolve it. After 3 seasons, it seemed forced and got out of hand, really ;) LOL. Get back to the IMPORTANT/exciting stuff (adventure!)...


            • avrahama • 4 years ago



              • bawnian-dexeus • 4 years ago

                What now?


                • ejk1 • 4 years ago

                  Oh, what the hell and why not? If Hasbro can give girls the a franchise the same way they gave boys one with transformers, I say go for it.


                  • Kevin-Paul-Kennedy • 4 years ago

                    I don't know, Jem rebooted for this day and age could have some potential for a audience of young women. I used to get a kick outta the show myself as a boy mainly because of the AI Hologram Synergy. She was just such a neat idea for a character. Another friend of mine loved Pizzaz and the Misfits, mind you he's a bigger fan of the real group the Misfits.

                    Good luck Hasbro and all on board in revamping Jem, hope it's a success for you folks!


                    • ghostman • 4 years ago

                      Ever since Hasbro got the movie high w/Transformers, they've been trying to adapt every game imaginable! Get it through your head Hasbro, not every game/toy line needs a movie adaptation! gosh


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