We haven't heard anything from Universal's highly-anticipated Jem and the Holograms adaptation since the first trailer debuted back in May. For those who need their Jem fix, the studio has released a new preview, courtesy of E! Online, where we get new footage and hear from director Jon M. Chu along with stars Molly Ringwald, Aubrey Peeples and Hayley Kiyoko. Aubrey Peeples explains that this movie is really about Jem's unexpected rise to fame.
As a small-town girl catapults from underground video sensation to global superstar, she and her three sisters begin a one-in-a-million journey of discovering that some talents are too special to keep hidden. In Universal Pictures' Jem and the Holograms, four aspiring musicians will take the world by storm when they see that the key to creating your own destiny lies in finding your own voice. The cast also includes Juliette Lewis, Ryan Guzman, Stefanie Scott, Nicholas Braun, Samantha Newark, Aurora Perrineau and Isabella Rice.
This preview also includes footage of the original Jem animated TV series, which ran for three seasons spanning 65 episodes from 1985 to 1988. The original series followed Jem, the musical superstar alter ego of a young woman named Jerrica Benton who, with the help of a holographic computer called Synergy, is able to clandestinely perform rock concerts with her friends. This live action adaptation will surely be a lot different from the original animated TV series, but the director reveals he wants to keep the spirit of the show intact.
Jem and the Holograms was written by Ryan Landels and produced by Jon M. Chu, Jason Blum for Blumhouse Productions, Scooter Braun, Bennett Schneir, Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis. The adaptation hits theaters October 23, going up against The Weinstein Company comedy Burnt, Lionsgate's The Last Witch Hunter, Paramount's Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension and Open Road Films' Rock the Kasbah. This is shaping up to be one of the most competitive weekends at the box office.
While we wait for the next movie trailer to debut, check out this preview for Jem and the Holograms. Do you think this adaptation of a 1980s animated TV show will strike a chord with modern-day audiences? Or do you think it will fall flat? Chime in with your thoughts after checking out this preview.