The history of the horror film genre has its fair share of iconic characters: Frankenstein’s Monster, Freddy Kruger, Pinhead, Dracula, Michael Myers… the roster is extensive. Movie production company Screen Gems is hoping to add to the list with a relative newcomer, based on an internet creation: they are reportedly fast-tracking a film adaptation of Slender Man.
Created back in 2009, Slender Man was an entry into an internet meme contest on the website SomethingAwful.com. The challenge was for users to take normal photos and infuse a supernatural element. Slender Man was born after a user posted two photos of an unnaturally tall and thin man with no facial features standing behind children.
According to the new report, Screen Gems already has a script for the film in hand, written by David Birke. They are working to start filming this year, in order to give the movie a theatrical release in 2017. Screen Gems has a good track record in the scary-movie industry; they are the production company behind such horror films as ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,’ ‘Hostel,’ ‘The Mothman Prophecies,’ ‘The Exorcism of Emily Rose,’ and ‘Boogeyman,’ among several others.
Here’s a more in-depth description of the Slender Man character, from the surprisingly-detailed Slender Man Wikia, which features over 300 pages devoted to the character and its lore:
Slender Man generally appears (in modern times) as a tall man in a black or grey suit, red or black tie, and white shirt, with no eyes, mouth, or clearly defined facial features. It has no hair, and generally has normal-looking bare hands, albeit with fingers longer and bonier than a typical human. Slender Man is typically depicted in imagery and literature as between 6 and 15 feet tall, depending on the situation, and in video as around 6-7 feet tall. Because of its inexact nature, and differences between series, no one has yet determined what it is.
The most important factor about Slender Man is the mystery. He lives unlike any human being despite having a similar appearance to one. It is uncertain if he is social, or even understands human languages or behaviors, nor why it is humans appear to be his main target. His targets will typically behave in off ways as if possessed, but whether their psychosis is causing them to speak for him or for themselves isn’t entirely certain either.
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