Sony is planning to push Slender Man, a feature horror film based on the infamous creepypasta, as a summer blockbuster on May 18th. Here’s what we know so far: The film is being directed by Sylvain White (I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer) from a script penned by David Birke (13 Sins); Slender Man, currently filming, stars Joey King (Wish Upon), Jaz Sinclair (When the Bough Breaks), and Javier Botet (Mama, Crimson Peak) as the titular villain.
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The film rights came as part of an overall licensing deal, meaning that under Sony’s direction, Slender Man could be popping up in video games, TV shows, comic books—even toys. Despite the fact that the property is inherently controversial (or perhaps because of it) Sony could have a big win on their hands, depending on how much effort they put into the Slender Man production (both during filming and after).
Sony’s first proper summer movie will be the Screen Gems thriller Slenderman [sic], from director Devin Hansen, making quite the leap from his last film Bigfoot at Millcreek, which was released straight to DVD last month. Given how many young people are familiar with the Slenderman myth, it’s possible this genre film could wind up being a nice surprise for Sony. It’ll all depend on the marketing campaign, although any Slenderman film is sure to spark controversy, which could actually prove to benefit this movie.
In 2014, two pre teen girls lured a mutual friend into the woods where they attempted to kill her by stabbing her repeatedly. Their motivation was to gain favor with Slender Man, whom they believed was an actual entity living in a nearby National Park. The victim survived and the perpetrators are set to go on trial this fall. HBO produced a documentary on the case, Beware the Slenderman. You can check out the trailer and synopsis below.
Official Synopsis: The mythos of a faceless, digital-age bogeyman known as Slenderman was created on the Internet, but his influence was felt in the real world when two 12-year-old girls lured their friend into the woods for a brutal murder.
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