The Jem and the Holograms movie release date has been announced by Universal Pictures. The studio will drop the feature film adaptation based on the 1980s Hasbro toy line and cartoon on October 23, 2015, hitting theaters just in time for Fall. Director Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) helms the quickly assembled musical adventure film, which paints the titular Jem as an orphaned teenager who becomes an internet sensation and subsequently embarks on a music-driven scavenger hunt with her bad. The picture is a Blumhouse Productions joint, which is mostly known for producing low budget horror films like the Paranormal Activity series and Sinister that go on to turn a big profit. The PG-rated Jem was similarly made on a relatively tight budget, with a cast led by Aubrey Peeples (Nashville) as Jem, Stefanie Scott (Flipped) as Kimber, Hayley Kiyoko (The Fosters) as Aja, and Aurora Perrineau (Pretty Little Liars) as Shana.
Hit the jump for more on the film and a new release date for the curious horror film Cybernatural.
On the October release date, the Jem and the Holograms movie will square off against Warner Bros.’ The Conjuring 2, though that film hasn’t even set a director yet so it’s possible WB could shift the horror follow-up around on the schedule. The Jem cast isn’t made up entirely of new faces, as Molly Ringwald and Juliette Lewis are also poised to appear as part of the ensemble.
Additionally, Universal recently acquired the horror film Cybernatural and has now set the pic for release on April 10, 2015. Produced by Timur Bekmambetov, the thriller is told in real-time from the point of view of a teen’s computer, as the girl and her friends “are stalked by an unseen figure who seeks vengeance for a shaming video that led a vicious bully to kill herself a year earlier.” Timely and creepy, the film should drum up considerable interest once the marketing kicks into gear.