I bet you have all heard about the two upcoming live-action projects that involve Barbie and Jem and The Holograms. At first I was super excited about the Jem movie because I actually imagined a cool, 80s inspired movie about rock bands and glam. But then I started following the official blog of the movie and realized the project just might end up looking and feeling like a low budget tv movie from the 90s. Remember the 1995 Fantastic Four movie? Well something like that. At least that’s how I feel about the Jem and The Holograms live-action movie.
I just can’t imagine a big budget movie filming and casting so fast, in just a matter of weeks and that’s exactly what it’s happening with this movie. Look, they already have the cast and the first images from the production!
Jem – Aubrey Peeples
Kimber – Stefanie Scott
Aja – Hayley Kiyoko
Shana – Aurora Perrineau
As far as I know they were looking for actors just a few weeks ago. I’m not an expert in casting and movie production but aren’t things going a bit fast? And in this case fast is not a good thing, in my opinion. Maybe I’m wrong… Maybe. I wish they would have taken a longer time to think this through, to get some good writers, directors and actors and really make this movie a big blockbuster. With all these movies coming out that are based on fantasy books, toy lines and comic books, a Jem and the Holograms movie would have been a big win for any big studio and a great way to start a series of movies based on The Holograms and The Misfits. Oh, well… I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what will become of this movie.
The Barbie live-action movie doesn’t stand a chance in my opinion. I love Barbie way more than I love Jem but she’s no big screen live-action movie material. She makes a great toy, a great cartoon character but thinking of an actress that will portray her in a “serious” movie just makes me cringe. And that’s really all I can say about thins project.
I do hope I’ll change my mind after the two movies come out, but so far they just don’t look or seem a good idea to me.