The guys behind the Step Up movies (Jon M. Chu), the resurgence of low-budget horror (Jason Blum) and Justin Bieber (Scooter Braun) have joined forces to give us a new (and improved?) Jem and the Holograms in the form of a live-action movie musical. And at long last, we’ve got the first still.
io9 plucked this blurry pic from the pages of Elle Magazine’s March 2015 issue. We’re sure this curious image has you asking a lot of questions. Allow us to answer them through the magic of telepathy and wild speculation:
Is that a backdrop laser light show? When is this movie set? Picture day in Junior High circa 1990s?
Jem and the Holograms is set in the now where Jem (A.K.A. Jerrica Benson) “becomes an online recording sensation, and she and her sisters embark on a music-driven scavenger hunt — one that sends them on an adventure across Los Angeles — in an attempt to unlock a final message left by her father.”
What happened to her being a music mogul and orphanage owner?
Our constant support of reboots means we don’t get nice things.
I see Aja, Jem and Kimber—but where the hell is Shana?
Presumably the Jem’s dummer is further backstage. She’s in the movie and its first poster. But we share your disappointment that Shana’s missing from this historic promo pic.
Is Kimber rocking a keytar?!
Yes, yes she is.
Will she be chased by a shark in this movie?
We certainly hope so.
I don’t see Molly Ringwald or Juliette Lewis. They’re still in this movie, right?
Yes. Simmer down. This is really just a baby blurry glimpse of what’s to come. See:
Are we in love with the new Jem’s look?
Um. No. Floral bolero, white fringe skirt over what looks to be a velvet jumpsuit is making us wish we had our Jem coloring books back so we could fix it.
This looks lame! HELP ME!
Okay. This first pic is only outrageous in how underwhelming it is. But take a breath. We have reasons to be optimistic. For one, this was a true passion project from its makers, who engaged with fans, crowdsourcing fan art for direction on how Jem 2015 should look. Music producer Scooter Braun knows his was around a recording studio, so we’re hopeful this soundtrack could be Josie and the Pussycats-level good. (The movie. Check it out. We’ll wait.)
On top of that, producer Jason Blum has been killing it, bringing together impeccable casts for low-budget but biting horror movies like Insidious, The Purge: Anarchy and The Lazarus Effect. But on the more prestigious side, he also produced The Reader, Lawless and Whiplash. So, he’s a guy with well-earned cred.
Lastly—and for my money most exciting—is helmer Jon M. Chu who went from directing the best Step Up (Step Up 3D, no contest) to creating the spectacular and bonkers G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Which if you haven’t seen it, get on it. It’s mad fun, and contains a moment when Byung-hun Lee’s hotness can not be contained by his shirt, so it EXPLODES off of him. The guy has an incredible talent for quickly creating characters we care about and for delivering mind-blowing action scenes whether they focus on fighting or dance.
So yeah, this first image isn’t awesome as much as eh-some. But it’s just a teeny first peek. We’ll know the marketing has really kicked in when we get our first taste of the soundtrack, and our first glimpse of Misfits 2015.
Kristy Puchko’s greatest regret is that she can’t find a gif of Byung-hun Lee’s shirt exploding off of him.