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The Slender Man character is a fictional supernatural being that was created in 2009 by Eric Knudsen on the Something Awful forum. From that point, the Slender Man took on a life of it's own reaching folklore status, and has now become part of pop culture by appearing in video games and independent features. The figure is even set to receive an upcoming HBO documentary titled BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN. A dark cloud came over the Slender Man when tragedy struck in 2014 as the character inspired two 12-year-old girls to stab their friend to death.
Regardless of the bad press that the Slender Man may have gotten, we have learned that Screen Gems has officially decided to develop a film that will be based on the character. The movie will be going into production in the fall with David Birke writing the script. A 2017 release date is expected.
Screen Gems is no stranger to the Horror genre as they have previously made films like BOOGEYMAN, THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES, HOSTEL, and THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE. The studio is also responsible for the RESIDENT EVIL and UNDERWORLD franchises.
We will bring you more on this new Screen Gems Slender Man project as it unfolds.