We've got not one, but two different horror movies in the works based on this year's Momo Challenge. The viral sensation swept across the internet earlier this year, in large part thanks to Kim Kardashian, who shared the now infamous image with her many millions of followers on Instagram, along with some misinformation regarding hidden Momo messages in YouTube videos that are watched by young children. Given the popularity of the creepy-faced figure, Orion Pictures is now set to adapt Momo for the big screen.
According to a new report, Orion Pictures has partnered with Roy Lee's Vertigo Entertainment production company, as well as producer Taka Ichise, for a new, currently untitled Momo Challenge movie. Lee previously produced IT, which went on to become the highest-grossing horror movie of all time. Lee and Ichise partnered in the past on hits such as The Grudge and The Ring. Orion Pictures, meanwhile, most recently produced the Child's Play remake. At the present time, there is no word on who will wind up in the director's chair or just how soon production could begin.
This joins another project that was announced back in May, titled Getaway, which is also going to be based on the viral internet hoax. That version is set to be directed by Lilton Stewart III and will center on a group of girls at a cabin in the woods, with one of them telling the urban legend of Momo, which leads to horrific happenings. That project has Stef Beaton, Alex Brown, Georgie Storm Waite, Rianne Senining and Charlotte Spencer lined up to star. No cast has been announced for this new movie, as it sounds like it's in the very early stages.
The Momo Challenge can trace its origins to Japanese artist Keisuke Aiso, whose sculpture that birthed the figure was featured at a 2016 gallery exhibit in Tokyo. The sculpture was actually called Mother Bird. But when the image made its way online, individuals began concocting urban legends surrounding the figure, giving it a different name and claiming that Momo was challenging children to hurt themselves or endanger their own lives. Once Kim Kardashian shared the story, it became a full-blown internet sensation. Orion's project is said to be diving deeper into the legend of Ubume, a venomous, child-snatching bird that's part of Japanese folklore and was the basis for Aiso's sculpture.
Momo shares commonalities with CreepyPasta creations, such as Slender Man, another internet legend that made its way to the big screen last year. Unfortunately, Sony wound up with a disaster on their hands with Slender Man, as they ended up releasing an incomplete movie in theaters as the result of various controversies and conflict behind the scenes. Naturally, that didn't go over so well. Hopefully, things go a little more smoothly all around with this Momo movie. We'll be sure to keep you posted as further details on the project are made available. This news was previously reported by Deadline.