Back in January, Sony’s Slender Man was one of our most hotly-anticipated horror flicks of the year. We started to worry, however, when the film was postponed from it’s originally announced release date of May 18th until August 24th. Then came the controversy over the glorification of real-life violence.
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Though all has remained mostly quiet in recent months, we’re getting word that Sony may be looking to ditch the project completely with producers shopping it around to other distributors, including Netflix. Though Netflix Originals are usually great, Paramount’s dump of the underwhelming Cloverfield Paradox on the streaming giant suggests Sony simply doesn’t think Slender can put butts in seats.
Variety got the exclusive:
Distribution rights for the upcoming horror movie are on the block because the film’s producers are having heated disagreements about the release strategy with Sony Pictures, the studio that is supposed to debut the film in August. Sony sees the film as a low-budget, Blumhouse-style release, according to two insiders, while the producers have more confidence in the movie and are pushing for the picture to unspool across more screens. They also want a bigger marketing push, which will cost more money than Sony is willing to spend.
The producers have triggered a clause in their contract that allows them to solicit higher offers. They’ve shown the film to several studios including Netflix and Amazon, but some companies that have seen the nearly completed picture are skeptical about its commercial potential.
As a semi-insider in the Industry, I can assure you that all of this last-minute maneuvering (combined with Sony’s unwillingness to give the film full financial support) indicates it will be a big disappointment. Time will tell.
We’ll keep you updated on all Slender Man related news as details emerge; stay tuned! In the meantime, check out the trailer, synopsis, and poster for Slender Man below.
Official Synopsis: In a small town in Massachusetts, four high school girls perform a ritual in an attempt to debunk the lore of Slender Man. When one of the girls goes mysteriously missing, they begin to suspect that she is, in fact, HIS latest victim.
Slender Man is directed by Sylvain White and stars Joey King, Javier Botet, and Annalise Basso.
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