Jem and the Holograms Movie Has All Original Songs, But What About The Classics?

Jem and the Holograms

Jason Blum has become the most prolific mogul of modern Holllywood, and now he’s branching into television. He was on a panel for his upcoming Syfy show Ascension for the Television Critics Association this week, and after his panel he spoke with reporters about his movie projects. Perhaps the most highly anticipated among ‘80s kids is the live-action Jem and the Holograms movie. Jem was the famous rock star alter ego of Jerrica Benton, played by Aubrey Peeples in the new movie.

The ‘80s cartoon had several original songs per episode. Blum says the movie’s soundtrack will have all new songs. “We have a great soundtrack that we did with Scooter Braun,” Blum said. “So the reason he’s a producer on the movie is he did all the music for the movie, and it’s awesome. It’s all original, all new.”

But what about the truly outrageous fan favorite songs from the show? “There may be a little throwback. There’ll be a couple of things familiar but most of the music is new and updated and great. I said this to someone earlier today, there’s no bigger Jem fan than John Chu, so it wasn’t like a corporate initiative to make Jem. It was really John wanted to do it. He’s the biggest fan in the world so I don’t think the music will disappoint.”

Rest assured, at least “Truly Outrageous,” the title song, will be included in some context. “You will hear it. You will hear it in the movie.”

With Braun behind the music, expect to hear some popular artists performing on the soundtrack. Blum is not revealing who yet. “Scooter produced the songs with other artists. You’re going to love them. I’m not going to tell you. Top secret, top secret.”

Although the film does not have a release date yet, they have finished shooting and nearly completed editing. “I’m actually seeing it in two days,” Blum said. “We haven’t set a release date so the soonest it would come out is next year.”

Blum reiterated Chu’s passion for the animated series, which attracted the likes of Braun. “Scooter I think was a Jem fan but he got involved because of John Chu. John Chu and him had a relationship and John pitched Scooter his vision of the movie and Scooter was like, ‘I’m psyched to do this.’ As I said, John Chu is the biggest Jem fan of all time. He had total creative control. He wrote it, directed it, has final cut on the movie and the Jem movie you will see is his vision, not mine.”

While we may have to wait a year or more to see Jem and the Holograms, you can get some new Jem toys later this month at Comic-Con. “Hasbro will release merchandise. I think they’re going to do a big campaign around it. I got a new Jem doll from Comic Con on my desk. There’s a new Jem doll they’re going to have at Comic Con. I’m very excited.”

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