The Slender Man movie is currently in Hollywood limbo as the film's producers have decided to try and quietly sell the project's distribution rights to another studio, reports Variety. Right now, the title is on course to be released on Aug. 24 under Sony Pictures' Screen Gems banner.
The alleged disagreement among the producers revolves over the horror movie's release strategy. Where the studio sees it as a low-budget title in the style of Blumhouse, the producers envision Slender Man as a major summer release. The former option would see the film only played in limited release while the latter would yield more screenings. With a trailer online and posters already circulated, changing the film's home would certainly be a rare move in the industry.
Reportedly, the producers included a clause in their contract, which gives them the freedom to take the movie somewhere else if there's a better offer. So far, they've already showed a good portion of the product to Netflix and Amazon, but based on the initial report, neither company is convinced of its profitability. You know things are bad when not even smart, savvy Netflix is willing to take a movie off your hands.
Written by David Birke (Elle) and directed by Sylvain White (The Losers), Slender Man focuses on a group of friends who become haunted by the eponymous, long-limbed entity originally created by Victor Surge on creepypasta. Joey King, Julia Goldani Telles, Jaz Sinclair, Annalise Basso, and Talitha Bateman are all a part of the cast.
Despite Slender Man's popularity online, the character is now forever linked to two young Wisconsin girls who attempted to stab one of their classmates to death in an effort to placate the creature. The father of one of the two assailants, Bill Weier, slammed the movie earlier this year for "popularizing a tragedy.”