I dug the Jem and the Holograms trailer. Yes, there’s something very familiar about the scenario of skyrocketing to stardom and not being able to handle the fame and attention, but there’s still something especially grounded and sincere about the material and it left me wanting more. However, I’ve never seen a single episode of the Jem animated series and a good deal of fans with a strong connection to the source material had a very different reaction to the trailer.
While talking to producer Jason Blum about his upcoming film, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, I asked for his thoughts on the especially intense backlash that flooded the Internet after the debut of the Jem trailer. Here’s what he said when asked if it worries him or if he needs to just stick to his guns and believe in what they made:
“Well, the answer to both of those is yes. It makes me worried for sure, but the movie’s done so we’re not changing the movie. The reason I’m not as worried is because I think it’s people reacting off the trailer. A trailer is 2 minutes, a movie is 90, so you can’t show the whole movie in 2 minutes, so a lot of the things that people feel are not in the trailer and were in Jem and the Holograms are actually in the movie, so the only thing I hope is that the people who are passionate Jem fans, which I really understand, just put their judgment until they see the movie. If they see the movie and feel the same way then let us have it, but I just have to say, watch the movie first and then judge. Don’t judge a book by its cover, I guess I’m saying.”
Hopefully that will put some longtime Jem fans at ease to a degree, but if that doesn’t do the trick, here’s what Blum enthusiastically threw in when we were wrapping up the Jem portion of the conversation:
“It’s a great movie.”
Blum’s words alone can’t confirm that Jem will be the movie fans are hoping for, but having filmmakers who deeply believe in what they’re working on is vital to delivering a quality feature adaptation.
Jem and the Holograms is due in theaters on October 23rd. The movie stars Aubrey Peeples, Stefanie Scott, Hayley Kiyoko, Aurora Perrineau, Molly Ringwald, Ryan Guzman, and Juliette Lewis.