By Patrick Yacco
Originally published on Advocate.com April 03 2014 5:00 PM ET
Details about the film adaptation of the popular 1980s cartoon Jem and the Holograms are slowly being revealed to the public.
In an interview with Collider, producer Jason Blum revealed that the film is following an unconventional path to the big screen. Instead of receiving immediate backing from a large studio, Blum has decided to utilize a smaller studio, with the hopes of gaining wider distribution after the film has wrapped production. He added that Jem will begin shooting "in like three weeks."
A video update director Jon M. Chu posted to YouTube Wednesday showcases several audition clips, including a number of men singing and lip-synching to various songs from the original series.
The director was also eager to highlight the female members of the production staff, after receiving criticism from fans that a dearth of women behind the camera would cause the film to suffer. However, during the video, producer Jessica Hall said, "Don’t worry, girls, I won’t let [Chu] screw it up."
Chu ended the video with promises of additional behind the scenes videos and encouraged fans to visit the film's official website for more updates and challenges throughout the movie's development.
Jem has long been referred to as a gay icon by many LGBT fans of the series. The original show that followed the adventures of record company owner Jerrica Benton — who is secretly the glamorous rock star Jem thanks to a hologram-projecting supercomputer named Synergy — quickly became a ratings smash and inspired a generation of gay boys and girls.
“I think a lot of gay boys were attracted to the music and the fashion and to all of the creative aspects of the show,” Samantha Newark, the voice actress who played Jem/Jerrica in the ’80s animated series, told Gay.net in a 2011 interview. “I have a lot of gay friends and they’re all very creative and I’m sure the show appealed to that sensibility.”