Everybody loves a movie based on a childhood classic. This is especially true if that classic was created as a cheap ploy to sell dolls but overcame those uninspiring beginnings to become a beloved, cherished memory for the children who grew up with it.
Last week, fans of the cartoon cult hit Jem and the Holograms (meaning every child of the 80s and 90s with a working heart) were surprised to learn that the series is going to be revived in the form of a live-action film. The film’s creators announced the new venture in a YouTube video cleverly posted under Jem’s “real” name, Jerrica Benton. In the video, the three men — John M. Chu, Jason Blum and Scooter Braun — claim that they want the fans to be involved in every aspect of the show, from casting to music.
For a group of creators who claim to be invested in delivering what their audience wants, Chu, Blum and Braun disappointed fans with astonishing speed. Upset that no women seem to be involved in the film’s creation, and especially that the cartoon’s creator, Christy Marx, was excluded, fans took over the #JemTheMovie hashtag and created their own to demand her inclusion: #WeWantChristy.
We don't want the current team out, we just want Christy and her team IN! #WeWantChristy #JemTheMovie
— BlackGirlNerds (@BlackGirlNerds) March 22, 2014
Why are dudes doing the Jem movie? Seriously, the better episodes were written by the ladies. #jemthemovie https://t.co/mZqmrlbIO9
— Chandra Free (@spookychan) March 21, 2014
Marx, who worked on several seminal 1980s and ’90s cartoons — G.I. Joe and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, among others — shared her own displeasure on Facebook:
I don’t think I can hide that I’m deeply unhappy about being shut out of the project. That no one in the entertainment arm of Hasbro wanted to talk to me, have me write for it, or at the very least consult on it. I wouldn’t be human if that failed to bother me.
My other unhappy observation is that I see two male producers, a male director and a male writer. Where is the female voice? Where is the female perspective? Where are the women?
So far there has been no response from the film’s creative team. If they really are as interested in fan input as they claim to be (and Marx says she’s convinced they want to make a faithful movie adaptation), including some women or Marx herself would be a great way to prove themselves.
[Daily Dot] [image via YouTube screengrab]