Slender Man, a feature film based off the popular computer-horror game, has come into a little trouble; something that’s familiar to the project. Variety reports that the film, which is currently slated to be released by Sony on August 24, 2018, is being shopped around to other studios by the producers, per a clause in their contract which allows them to test the waters.
The IMDb logline is as follows:
“Slender Man tells the story of a tall, thin, horrifying figure with unnaturally long arms and a featureless face, who is reputed to be responsible for the haunting and disappearance of countless children and teens.”
The film stars Joey King (The Conjuring, Wish I Was Here), Annalise Basso (Captain Fantastic, Ouija: Origin of Evil), and Javier Botet ([REC], The Conjruing 2) as the titular villain. Director Sylvain White is most well-known for directing The Losers, Stomp the Yard, and most recently the TV sensation The Americans.
Variety’s source claims that the producers have shown the completed film to Netflix, Amazon, and other distribution companies. Sony believes that the film could play well/ok as a small-indie horror flick in the style of a Blumhouse film, playing a minor amount of theatres at first; if buzz catches it can expand and if it doesn’t less money was spent of marketing and the ultimate release. The producers, on the other hand, are wanting a much wider release, sure the film will play well.
Sony has already put out high marketing expenses with many posters created and a trailer released (which you can watch below). Sony, more than likely, will look to be compensated for their payments in the event the film is sold.
Despite being a horrifyingly anxious horror game, the ‘myth’ of the Slender Man is plagued in tragedy. In 2009 two young girls repeatedly stabbed a 12-year-old boy and they said that Slender Man made them do it. The father of the victim has called the creation of the film, “popularizing a tragedy,” despite the plot of the picture having nothing to do with the crime. Many theatres near where the crime was committed have stated they will not show the film and a petition online for the expulsion of the film from Sony’s slate has 19,000 signatures.
The question as to the film’s release is currently still up in the air; if the film doesn’t sell will Sony still release it and if it does sell, will the date that’s almost three months away be pushed back?