Remember Momo? Orion Pictures Adapting Viral Hoax As A Horror Film

Momo Challenge’ Hoax to Become Horror Film From ‘The Grudge’ Producer

Momo Challenge’ Hoax to Become Horror Film From ‘The Grudge’ Producer

Well, Orion Pictures is doing just that, as the studio behind the recent Child's Play remake is partnering with Lee's Vertigo Entertainment and Ichise to develop a movie based on the creepy viral sensation known as Momo. She tells kids to message her on WhatsApp for "instructions".

The viral nature of the hoax even led police and schools across the world to issue warnings. "Challenges appear midway through Kids YouTube, Fortnight, Peppa pig to avoid detection by adults", the Northcott Community Special School in Hull, England, tweeted. If not, it would apparently threaten their lives if they told their parents.

The Momo challenge gained worldwide traction in February when media reports about a viral game that supposedly encouraged children to carry out acts of violence or even suicide quickly began taking social media by storm.

The film is directed by Lilton Stewart III.

You can read the synopsis via Deadline below.

However, a film adaptation of Momo could prove to be controversial for Lee and Ichise, who previously collaborated together on popular horror franchises such as The Grudge and The Ring, but that doesn't necessarily hurt its chances of being profitable.

"Follows a group of unsuspecting teenagers who, in their last summer before college, find themselves in a secluded cabin in the woods where unusual occurrences unfold". Funnily enough, the original sculpture that inspired the Momo Challenge was inspired by the legend of Ubume, a venomous, child-snatching bird of Japanese folklore.

The untitled Orion project, which will be overseen by Dan Kagan, isn't the only Momo movie in the works, as the Momo Challenge is also said to be the inspiration for the upcoming indie horror movie Getaway starring Stef Beaton and Alex Brown. "What starts out as a harmless prank soon turns more sinister over the next 24 hours as the teens start disappearing without any motive or pattern".

What do you think of the Momo Challenge becoming a movie?

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