The Momo Challenge Is Becoming a Movie | 22 Words

Remember earlier this year, when parents around the world were going berserk over a creepy Japanese doll? Many believed that the "Momo" creature was going to penetrate their kids' subconscious and incite acts of violence amongst the youth. Even Kim Kardashian got involved!

Now, like any weird internet story, conventional media has gotten a hold of the tale. It's been announced that the viral internet hoax is set to become a feature film in the next couple of years. And, although we aren't convinced that there's quite enough longevity in a story which basically all turned out to be fake, we'd be lying if we said that we weren't looking forward to tuning in. Out of curiosity, of course.

For many parents, the internet can be a pretty scary place.

The fact that many kids now have access to the entire world at their fingertips and carry around portals into the darkest aspects of humanity in their pockets can be a huge source of stress to parents.

Because kids can easily stumble into areas wherein they simply don't belong.

And what makes this all the scarier? Many people online wish to take advantage of children's vulnerability in order to promote something that's a little frightening.

Such was the origin of the Momo Challenge.

Earlier this year, parents around the world became terrified of a Japanese doll, who was supposedly cropping up in child-friendly content, encouraging kids to perform acts of violence on themselves and others.

The doll was undeniably creepy.

Something about the bug-eyed expression, eerie smile, and dirty, stringy hair struck a chord with people who immediately recognized how frightening the doll's appearance was.

The whole story quickly descended into chaos.

Huge internet celebrities such as Kim Kardashian got in on the action, posting a (now-deleted) tweet warning parents about the dangers of this doll.

The internet hysteria grew.

But it was eventually revealed that the whole Momo Doll story was a complicated internet hoax. The doll was real - but the idea that it was attempting to infiltrate children's media was absolutely not.

Even YouTube had to speak out.

The social media giant released a statement claiming that there was no verified Momo content on the platform, confirming that parents around the world could calm down.

But the internet wasn't about to let the story go.

The story was ripe for memes and online jokes. Many thought that the incredibly fast spreading mass hysteria was representative of the issues that we have with the ways that we consume media online.

Internet detectives did the extra work.

They eventually tracked down the Momo Doll, a work by sculptor, Keisuke Aiso. It was entitled "Mother Bird," and was a part of an exhibition on darker Japanese legends.

After the story took off, Aiso destroyed the sculpture.

"It doesn’t exist anymore, it was never meant to last. It was rotten and I threw it away. It was never meant to be used to make children harm themselves or cause any physical harm. I have no regrets that it is gone," he told The Sun.

In spite of this, the story is yet to die.

And it doesn't seem set to go away anytime soon - especially with this latest news. Yes, you heard right. They're turning this viral horror hoax into a feature film.

You may feel a little bit skeptical.

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We know we did. But there are actually some fairly impressive names attached to the upcoming movie - including renowned producer, Taka Ichise.

And that's not all.

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Also attached to the project? Roy Lee - who has an impressive back catalog of horror movies under his belt.

It's as yet unknown as to what the plot of the movie will be.

It could well be based around the horrors of a viral internet "challenge" - except, presumably, in the movie, the "challenge" would be real.

But there's another way that the pair could go.

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The Momo doll was actually based on a real Japanese folk tale, which certainly has scope to become a horror movie. The Ubeme, which the doll is based on, is a child-snatching, venomous bird-woman hybrid.

The two producers have some serious horror movie chops.

The two worked together on 2004 supernatural horror, The Grudge - which features another creepy girl with long dark hair.

And that's not all.

Ichise and Lee also co-produced 2002 horror classic, The Ring. And when you think of the villain, Samara, you may start to notice a pattern here.

Lee also produced a smash hit movie.

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2017's It ended up becoming the highest-grossing horror movie in Hollywood history. A sequel to the terrifying film is already in the works, too.

But horror fans may have missed this film.

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This independent horror was actually based on the Momo challenge - plus features some classic "cabin in the woods" tropes. It's super difficult to track down, though; the new Momo movie promises to have a wider release.

The Momo movie's release date is likely to be far off.

But with horror powerhouses, Orion and Vertigo, standing behind it, we're pretty sure that you won't be able to miss the film's premiere once it happens. We have to say, we're at least intrigued to see how it goes.