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Internet hoax the Momo challenge to become a horror movie

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Sometimes (most of the time) the internet can be a weird place. It can turn almost anything into a weird craze that has people posting memes or performing weird challenges like putting ice over their head. And now one of those crazes, or to be more specific, a hoax is getting turned into a horror movie by Orion Pictures.  

In 2016, a sculpture called Mother Bird was created by Japanese artist Keisuke Aisawa and exhibited at a Tokyo gallery. Last year that sculpture became the image used by a bunch of internet pranksters who spread rumours of a new viral challenge online. Called the Momo challenge, the game supposedly encouraged young people to complete a series of dangerous tasks such as violent attacks and self-harm via social media. And while the whole thing turned out to be a hoax, it created a lot of panic amongst parents and certain influencers wanting these non-existent videos to be removed from social media platforms. And the scary image of Mother Bird only added to the creepiness of the whole fake craze.

Now according to Deadline, the Momo challenge is now getting turned into a new horror movie. Orion is partnering with production company Vertigo Entertainment and producers Roy Lee and  Taka Ichise to execute the as-yet-untitled film. The project will be a reunion for Lee and Ichise who previously worked together on the American remakes of the Grudge movies and are currently collaborating on the new Grudge reboot due for release in early 2020.

We don’t have any more details about this new project, but it is not the first time that an internet myth has been spawned into a horror movie, as 2018’s Slender Man also had a similar sort of inspiration. That movie turned out to be terrible though, so hopefully this time Orion does a better job in bringing something decent to the screen rather than just trying to cash in on an infamous event and image.

Last Updated: July 11, 2019

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