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.
The whole story quickly descended into chaos.
The internet hysteria grew.
Like eating Tide pods and snorting condoms, the Momo challenge is a viral hoax. Spreading these stories distracts f… https://t.co/tFCCnzHI4e— The Atlantic (@The Atlantic)1551407744.0
Even YouTube had to speak out.
We want to clear something up regarding the Momo Challenge: We’ve seen no recent evidence of videos promoting the M… https://t.co/PL4gT4HC46— YouTube (@YouTube)1551291151.0
But the internet wasn't about to let the story go.
Parents scared of Momo ignoring kids scared of climate change https://t.co/0l01dgvAK4 https://t.co/MZzSwlZpSf— The Daily Mash (@The Daily Mash)1551697605.0
Internet detectives did the extra work.
After the story took off, Aiso destroyed the sculpture.
'Momo is dead,' says artist who created creepy big-eyed sculpture https://t.co/8nnBRSFAET https://t.co/xFSrfOBter— CNET (@CNET)1551677447.0
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.
via: Getty ImagesWe 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.
via: Getty ImagesAlso 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.
via: WikipediaThe 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.
via: IMDB2017'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.
via: IMDBThis 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.