Screen Gems Developing ‘Slender Man’ Film, Because That’s Totally Still a Thing

Hey, everyone remember Slender Man? Remember how that purposely created urban myth took the internet by storm was totally a big deal for a few years? Then remember how most of us stopped paying attention to it and moved onto other stuff?

Yeah, me too.

Anyway, because Hollywood is perpetually five to seven years behind the internet at any given moment, they appear to finally be ready to jump on board the already mostly abandoned band wagon! That’s right kids — Screen Gems is apparently developoing a Slender Man movie.

No one act surprised.

There’s not much more news about the project, and nothing may end up materializing. I’m honestly not sure if a Slender Man movie would actually work though. Part of the appeal of the character is the fragmentary nature of the narrative — the way that multiple people pieced together the character in the first place. The instant you try to build a plot around Slender Man, he immediately loses his appeal.

Short stories? That can work. Video games that use him effectively? Fine. But a movie? That just demands way more explanation, and it just sort of weakens the appeal.


Trae Dorn

Trae Dorn has been staffing conventions for over twenty years, and is a co-founder of Wisconsin’s longest running Anime convention No Brand Con. Trae also wrote and drew the now completed webcomic UnCONventional, and produces the podcasts BS-Free Witchcraft, On This Day With Trae, Stormwood & Associates, and The Nerd & Tie Podcast. This leads many to ask when the hell they have time to actually do anything anymore. Trae says they have the time because they “do it all quite poorly.”

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