Slender Man, a paranormal meme that was born on the internet in 2009 as a part of a Photoshop creation Mr. Knudsen submitted to an online contest. Known for stalking, abducting and traumatizing people, this chilling meme is finally able to get the Hollywood’s attention. After being a potential character of three production studios for a video game, a virtual reality experience, and a creepy doll, Slender Man is finally revealing himself as a movie character.
Sony Pictures is in negotiations with Mythology to produce and distribute a “Slender Man” horror movie, based on this supernatural meme. As The New York Times reported, Sony could begin production of this movie as early as this fall, though the script writing is not finished yet.
However, some fans have expressed their frustrations upon hearing the movie announcement. A Reddit user wrote, “This has got to be one of Hollywood’s most delayed reactions to an internet fad yet. This would’ve been an awesome idea financially if they’d had it half a decade ago.”
Another user wrote, “I definitely think that Slenderman can be scary, but it really depends on what kind of story they tell and how they go about telling it.”
Back in 2014, this ominous meme first got the attention when it was accused as an inspiration for some high profile crimes. Two 12 years old girls were arrested for stabbing one of their classmates 19 times, as a part of a dark admiration for this horrific character. Also, there is a case of a 14 years old girl from Florida who claimed to set her house no fire after reading about Slender Man. The situation had become so bad that the site, which held the contest, published a blog post titled “Please Do Not Kill Anybody Because of Slenderman.”
Producers of this film are Bradley Fischer, James Vanderbilt, and William Sherak of Mythology Entertainment, Robyn Meisinger of Madhouse Entertainment; and Sarah Snow of It Is No Dream Entertainment. The executive producers are It Is No Dream’s Louis Sallerson, Mythology’s exec VP Tracey Nyberg, and Madhouse’s Adam Kolbrenner and Ryan Cunningham.