The internet stretches its tentacles far and wide, connecting the world in a way that was once unfathomable. Information now spreads at lightening speed. Utilizing the murky, connected underbelly of the web, "Creepypasta's" have replaced urban legends, rapidly spreading tales of the most unnerving quality.
Even for those who haven't delved into the ocean of chilling Wiki-legends, Slender Man is a name that is instantly recognizable. The disturbing tale of the abnormally tall, featureless creature was created by Erik Knudsen on the Something Awful forum back in 2009.
Now, It's Time For A Moviepasta!
Since his conception, the lanky lurker has gained a larger than life persona. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the character will now be making his way to the big screen, having been picked up by production company Screen Gems, with a script written by David Birke, according to ComicBook.com.
A term for such horror stories, or e-legends (a term I literally made up five seconds ago) "Creepypasta" refers to eerie tales that spread virally online, often with numerous users adding tales of woe to the overall narrative. Essentially, it's Wikipedia for the creative and sadistic.
An Accelerated Urban Legend
The story was created by Knudsen — under the username "Victor Surge" — when he entered a competition to make everyday photographs look supernatural. Unlike the other entries, he also added text to his submission, providing a backstory to the Slender Man. Talking to slenderman235, Knudsen spoke of his surprise at the spread of the story. He said:
"I didn’t expect it to move beyond the SA forums. And when it did, I found it interesting to watch as sort of an accelerated version of an urban legend. It differs from the prior concept of the urban legend in that it is on the Internet, and this both helps and harms the status of the Slender Man as one."
Bringing The Legend To The Big Screen
Previously, Knudsen has spoken of his apprehension of making a film adaptation, saying he would "hate for something to come out and just be kinda conventional." Screen Gems will have the difficult task of translating a character whose ambiguity adds to the folklore, with the pressure of making a genuinely scary feature film worthy of the source material.
The production company certainly has a CV that suggests the film version can be slender and scary in equal measure, having worked on the likes of The Mothman Prophecies, Boogeyman, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Hostel, Resident Evil and Underworld.
Production on the Slender Man movie is expected to begin in fall 2016, with a release in the fall of 2017.
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Source: Comic Book