24 October 2006

A Serious Pitch for the Jem Movie

The response to my idea for a "Jem" movie has been so strong that I want to formalize my pitch for a story. Let me know what you think! And if you know someone in the movie industry (or at Hasbro, who owns the "Jem" copyright), then pass this along.

Let's make this "I Totally Hear That's" mission. We cannot rest until we get this movie made!

And let it be declared that the following ideas are all the property of Mark Blankenship, written and devised by him on October 24, 2006.

Jem and The Holograms: The Movie

a short treatment


A live-action, musical film based on the popular cartoon of the 1980s. Mixing action, rock songs, and romance, the film follows the international adventures of a female rock group that also uses high-tech gadgets, secret identities, and their own talent to battle evildoers. This makes them awesome.

Why Jem?

Because Jem is the female James Bond--suave, sophisticated, and able to use high-tech gadgets in the furtherance of international adventures.

Because Jem is strong, intelligent, and powerful without the help of a man. Almost every character in this story's universe is female, and it's frankly a relief to see women making decisions and kicking ass. Just look at the enthusiasm for "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Veronica Mars." Think about how awesome the first "Charlie's Angels" movie was, before the franchise got too campy.

Why now?

With "Fraggle Rock" and "The Transformers" both coming to the big screen, the market is open to live-action films based on 80s cartoons.

Plus, Jem is cool. She hasn't been flogged to death by nostalgia, and her story easily could be updated.

What's the backstory?

Jerrica Benton is a successful record exectutive who also runs a shelter for girls. Both are made possible by the money she inherited from her father, a wealthy inventor.

When he died, Jerrica's father also left her Synergy, a powerful computer that creates lifelike holograms. Jerrica has long used Synergy's power--which she taps by speaking to the computer through her high-tech earrings--to turn herself into Jem. Jem is a world-famous rock star who is backed by The Holograms, three other women also transformed by Synergy's power.

The Holograms' biggest rivals are the Misfits, another female rock band. They have a slimy manager--a former partner of Jerrica's father--who tries to undercut the Hologram's good works.

Jerrica's boyfriend is Rio, though he secretly lusts for Jem. He doesn't know they're the same person. RIGHT THERE. Amazing conflict!

What's the movie's story?

We open on Jem and the Holograms playing to packed arena, all of whom are screaming for their favorite band. In fact, JatH have just won The International Battle of the Bands, which means they've collected a $5 million prize. During their performance, we cut backstage to Rio, also marketing director for Starlight Records, who explains that all the prize money will go to fund the Starlight Home for Girls.

Rio's speech is interrupted by Pizzazz, lead singer of the Misfits. Recalling the Courtney Love/Madonna incident at the 1995 Video Music Awards, Pizzazz starts berating the Holograms, saying her band is superior. It's all very fast, flashy, and fabulous.

As soon as the concert ends, Jem races back stage, not even stopping to talk to the reporters. The Holograms have a job to do! The Battle of the Bands is being held in Japan, and Jem has gotten word from Synergy's global alert system that an irate corporate leader, angry that his computer firm is about the be swallowed by an international conglomerate called Tektronix, is threatening to blow up the building where he has done his life's work.

Jem knows she has to stop him. She and the three Holograms --Kimber, Aja, and Shana--
speed off to downtown Tokyo. Using their wits and a series of inventive holograms --all summoned when Jem speaks into her earring--
they put an end to the crisis.

Throughout the course of the film, JatH go on tour, promoting good works and their music, and they notice that The Misfits are always playing nearby, which leads to comic scrapes.

One night, a mysterious envelope tips off Jerrica/Jem that Tektronix is seeking to gain control of both her record company and the home for girls. Eventually, Rio gets catpured as blackmail for J/J to turn over all her businesses to Tektronix.

We eventually learn that the shadowy head of Tektrnoix is none other than the Misfits' manager, Patricia Carerre. Patricia wants to destory Jem and the legacy of her father, while also seizing control of the world's technology. Plus, she wants The Misfits to dominate the music scene.

Jem and the Holograms must stop her! Can they do it? And who sent the mysterious note? Is it possible one of the Misfits is on Jem's side? And what about the tour, the next album, the videos, and the fans?

Awesome, right?

Right. Just let me know when you want a full-on script outline.



At 1:09 PM, Anonymous katy said...


Although I would consider making the first film an origin story, with Jerrica discovering her special destiny as Jem for the first time.

But that could always be the plot of one of the many inevitable sequels. I'm thinking "Jem Begins."

At 4:24 PM, Anonymous jenn said...

well, i've sent it on to a friend with connections in the film industry. we'll see if someone bites!

At 4:47 PM, Anonymous Jenni said...

ooh ooh. this is fabulous.

(for only you i shall admit the following.) but...umm...did you ever see Josie and the Pussycats? Dude, it's actually rull good. They also fight a major corporation. And Parker Posey is in it.

At 6:19 PM, Blogger Mark Blankenship said...

Dammit! You're right. It's very similar to Josie and the Pussycats. I didn't even think about that.

But I think it'll be different because that movie was so campy. I imagine Jem as a pretty straight-ahead action movie. You don't have to camp up the premise to make it ridiculous.

Given the similarity to the Josie plot, Katy's origin story notion may be the one to take.

And Jenn: Holy crap. Awesome. I hope your friend in the film industry knows a million dollar when s/he sees it!

At 2:41 PM, Anonymous jenn said...

update: friend with film industry connections believes a jem movie may already be underway, but is double-checking.

At 4:41 PM, Anonymous Jenni said...

damnit, damnit. i was going to demand to be Pizzazz.

At 8:32 AM, Blogger newplanet said...

WTF? A Jem movie is underway? Really?

Cool movie idea Mark, although I'm kinda with Katy in that the first movie would need to be an "origin" story.

I like the idea of a female manager for The Misfits, although I'd still like to see a part for the ultra slimy Eric Raymond somewhere.

In subsequent movies, we'd get to introduce the new Hologram/Misfit, i.e. Raya/Jetta, and - of course - The Stingers (the third group they added to the mix in the third season).

Way cool - hope your campaign is a huge success!

At 10:40 AM, Anonymous Delvin said...

Love the idea but as a Hardcore DieHard Jem Fan, I don't think it's strong enough.... So have anyone seen the pics of Marriah Carrey posing as Jem... cute but laughable... I think Marriah would have the singing range as Jem would but can we say Sparkle, Marriah C should never be Jem... I would think I good jem would be Pink, Hence the pink hair... although I don't know if Pink can act.

At 7:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this is a good idea. I've never seen Jem, but my parents have told me about her. They said that they liked the show a lot. They also said they first saw the name Jerrica on the show, and they liked the name. I'd like to see the show, because my parents named me after Jerrica/Jem.

At 5:38 PM, Blogger Benjamin said...

hey brother. I'm also working on a Jem Outline. Let's talk. I was a film student at Brooks Institute in Ventura, CA. I know a few people in the biz. There is a program I want you to use: http://www.celtx.com/
it is a pre-production tool to organize everything for production. Also, I have a song I want you to hear. Instumentalized Jem Girls theme. give me your email.

At 8:17 PM, Anonymous Lee said...

This is a brillant idea!!! I'd LOVE to see a Jem movie and I think picking the cast would be the most difficult part of the movie!

At 10:04 AM, Blogger Kimberly said...

I'm all for the movie.Should be an origin story though.

At 11:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh I want a Jem movie like the blues need pain!!!!!!! I hope it goes through!! I wish I had connections...or maybe I do!!! OH OH OH!

At 10:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happened to Eric Raymond?? You can't just replace a lead villain with some Patricia woman...

At 4:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that Millie Cyrus or hilliary duff should play Jem

At 8:21 AM, Anonymous le fay said...

I would love to watch Jem the Movie!

At 5:56 AM, Blogger missmixx said...

i have also thought of several concepts for a jem movie. yours, however, seems superior to any that i have come up with. i, on the other hand, was thinking more along the lines of a live-action jem movie. i feel that with today's special effects, that it would be "truely outrageous"!!!!!

At 6:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i hope they get Chrity Marx as a producer or something. i would love for Samantha Newark aka Jem/Jerrica and Britta Phillips aka Jem to have some involvment to like maybe musicly or cameos or something that would rock.

At 11:09 AM, Anonymous Juli said...

Yes Yes yes!!! OMG YES I've been waiting for this since Jem ended!!!! I agree that it should be about the discovery of Synergy and dealing with dual identityship.


At 12:42 PM, Blogger Bmxboy2577 said...

please if there is a jem movie please pick a great person to play Jem. no for Hilary Duff and No for Miley cyrus!!!! Miley cyus sounds like a man!! and Hilary is not that great!!!!!It has to be someone great!!!

At 9:33 PM, Blogger lostu2 said...

Yes they should do a jem movie! Why not they have done bratz ,high school musical , transformers, G.I. Joe , even the Smurfs.Jem was just as big, all I ask is plz cast someone that is like Brittany spears , or of that good girl to tramp roll that has had too many bad vices in their lives . As a mother of three girls I have to have someone who I dont have to worry later of seeing them drunk driving, dressed as a stripper, having rehab, ect... It is so sad when you have to try to explain how these girls lost themselves. Which I know stardom is hard and takes a lot to deal with but there are so many who have made It and you cant tell me it cant be done . So Yes if a great cast is involved my girls will be first In line to watch. They love even the series I watched. We had to have the dvds. Plz for all us jem fans and the new generation of jem fans do what yall do best..MAKE THE MOVIE!!!!!!!!

At 9:37 PM, Blogger lostu2 said...

Sry I meant someone NOT like Brittany spears !!!!!


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