Screen Gems Puts Slender Man Movie in the Works

Posted 2016/05/06 5313 0

A horror film based on the internet meme Slender Man is currently in the works at the genre-centric studio Screen Gems, which aims to bring the monster to the screen.

The character Slender Man was created in a Something Awful forum contest to make everyday photographs look supernatural. When Eric Knudsen, posting as "Victor Surge" posted two photos of children with an unnaturally tall, thin man behind them wearing a black suit. The character abducted children and influenced people to commit terrible acts, according to Knudsen's lore. Other posters added to the character's lore, leading to short films, video games, and pop culture references. The character has drawn similarities to entities such as "The Gentelemen" on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and "The Silence" on Doctor Who.

Since then, Slender Man gradually finds its way to other forms of media, including literature, games, and even popular culture. And now, Screen Gems is intent on making Slender Man a horror movie icon.

Screen Gems has an extensive horror history, with films like The Mothman Prophecies, Boogeyman, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Hostel, and action-horror films like the Resident Evil franchise and Underworld franchise under their belts. Bradley Fischer, James Vanderbilt and William Sherak from Mythology will produce along with Robyn Meisinger of Madhouse Entertainment and Sarah Snow of It Is No Dream Entertainment. The film is scripted by David Birke, who has written screenplays based on real-life killers Dahmer and Gacy, as well as horror remake/adaptation 13 Sins.

However, as mentioned earlier, there is a rumour that America Horror Story - Season 6 will be about Slender Man too. If it is true, FX will be a pretty annoying rival of Screen Gems, simply because director Danny Boyle used to say that TV Show is a hotbed for writers, where they can freely develop the depth of characters, bringing in violence, sexual content, without limited. 
And if so, whether a 90-minute film can compete with a TV show of 10 episodes? Or the audience will just stay at home, watching the FX's show instead of going to theater?

Up to now, there is still no confirmed information relating to the directer as well as the cast of the film which is set to release in 2017.