By now, you’ve no doubt heard of Slenderman in some form, whether it’s through online memes, Halloween costumes, video games or even news headlines. But don’t worry if you haven’t, because Hollywood is about to catapult the character to new levels of mainstream awareness as he is about to get his very own studio horror flick. Sony’s Screen Gems is in the process of setting up Slender Man, an adaptation of the urban legend created by Something Awful frequenter Eric Knudsen in the late 2000s, which has since been embraced by the internet and taken on a life of its own. They acquired the multi-platform rights to the property last year (although the copyright details still seem a little murky) and now they have hired a director to make this thing a reality. Hit the jump for more details.
According to Deadline, Sylvain White (The Losers, Stomp the Yard) has been hired to direct Slender Man for Screen Gems. The script was written by David Birke (Elle, 13 Sins) and revolves around the now relatively well-known faceless man with long arms who is suspected of abducting young children. How they will build on this shell of a story remains to be seen, but production is expected to start by the spring.
HBO has a documentary about Slenderman that is set to air later this month called Beware the Slenderman, which will focus on the Slenderman-inspired stabbing of an 11-year-old girl by two classmates. Either way, it does feel like this has the potential to become the next big horror movie franchise, even if some fans will frown upon Hollywood co-opting a mythology that was built over time by multiple people in a public forum. As for Sylvain White, he has mostly directed TV for the past 5 or 6 years (most notably several episodes of Hawaii Five-0), but I suppose he’s not the worst choice to direct. Do you have any interest in Slender Man?