Screen Gems is intent on making a Slender Man film based on the popular modern horror icon/internet meme. Furthermore, the script is written by David Birke (13 Sins (2014), Gacy (2003)) and is already completed. The Screen Gems studio is looking to move forward fast and begin production this Fall 2016 with the expected release date set for 2017.
The character Slender Man was created in a Something Awful forum contest to make everyday photographs look supernatural when Eric Knudsen, posting as "Victor Surge," posted two photos of children with an unnaturally tall, thin man behind them wearing a black suit. The character abducted children and influenced people to commit terrible acts, according to Knudsen’s lore. Other posters added to the character’s lore, leading to short films, video games, and pop culture references. The character has drawn similarities to entities such as "The Gentlemen" on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "The Silence" on "Doctor Who."