Sylvain White is set to direct a horror film based off internet mythology of the Slender Man, for Screen Gems.
The Slender Man is described as a tall, slender (funnily enough) individual with a featureless face, wearing a black suit with a black tie and white shirt. The Slender Man was initially conceived in a photoshop competition in 2009. Though there is some contention online about Slender Man lore, here’s a little bit of it for you to mull over;
“Instead of an active chase, he is more likely to let his prey devolve slowly into madness until they are unable to cope with their situation, often watching from afar as this takes place. If angered, it will charge the aggressor and vanish with its victim to an unknown location.” – TheSlenderMan.wikia
More recently, the Slender Man was popularised by the 2012 first person videogame, Slender.
White has paired with screen gems (a subsidiary of Sony Pictures) in the past for Stomp the Yard (2007). He also directed an underrated movie from 2010, The Losers. More recently, White has been focusing on various TV Dramas; Hawaii Five-O, The Originals, and Person of Interest, to name a few. Given that he’s dabbled in just about everything, I’m curious to see how his talents will translate to the horror genre.
So how did you come across the mythology of the Slender Man, and are you excited to see a film adaptation?
NB – Here’s a fun game for this article; take a shot every time you read ‘Slender Man.”
Thanks to Jeff Sneider from Mashable reporter, we have our first plot details of the reboot of the iconic Jumanji, starring Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, and Jack Black. Sneider tweeted that the film will follow four kids in detention who find, and are sucked into the game. Other tweeter users added that the game will be in the form of an old video game console, and that each kid will have control of one of the main cast members in an avatar fashion.
Dwayne Johnson recently tweeted the younger cast-counterparts welcoming them to the production and dubbing them, “Jumanji Juniors.” The younger cast includes; Alex Wolff, Madison Iseman, Ser’Darius Blain, and Morgan Turner.
I actually really like this new direction of having avatars in the game world. I feel that it gives this reboot enough free rein to create an authentic story in what is a fairly beloved franchise. Given that these are teenage kids controlling this cast of celebrity adults, there’s no doubt that we’re going to get plenty of “Damn, The Rock is buff” jokes, as well as Karen Gillan is hot jokes.
This plot detail revealing that the movie takes place in a video game also explains Karen Gillan’s wardrobe. A lot of people took issue with Gillan’s costume being 6 sizes too small for her when the first set photo was released, but it’s actually a pretty classic, Tomb Raider-esque, female video game character outfit. Whether you like it or not is another story. But given the nature of the game, it does make sense.
It’s hard to say at this point whether-or-not there will be a stampede overflow into reality like the original. I guess they could do it, but the question there would be if the kids still have control over their assigned avatars? I think it’d be fun if the avatars had their own conciseness in the real world, and had little awkward standoff moments with their corresponding kid-counterpart about how they were controlled.
P.S. Checkout Dwayne Johnson going full Bear Grills in this production video