The story of Momo begins in 2016, when the Japanese artist Keisuke Aiso, director of the Link Factory special effects company, created a sculpture that he called Mother bird and exhibited at the Vanilla Gallery in Tokyo. Mother bird was always scary, but she was innocent, artistic and Instagram fur. Spanish-speaking users have found the images and they have become the inspiration of an urban legend creepypasta-ish on the Spanish-speaking Web, linked to a mysterious WhatsApp phone number and messages encouraging children to commit suicide.
You have probably heard of this before. People, including Kim Kardashian, began reporting that Momo's images had been shown in YouTube videos for children, as well as threatening messages inviting kids to do things like holding a knife by the throat. It was scary! And false. Since his demystification, Momo continued to have many Memetic Afterlives The best is Wholesome Momo, which uses the same old-school macro image format for Momo's face to spread by affirming messages rather than terrible messages. (Looking into Momo's wild eyes and reading "you're loved" will never be funny.)
Emma Gray Ellis covers memes, trolls and other elements of the Internet culture for WIRED.
Generally, the easiest way for a member to switch from the Internet to fodder is to make money. by merch. (Who among us has not considered the Nyan Cat iPhone case?) This path was not really an option for Momo because, well, she's scary. Nobody wants this face on a t-shirt. So we now offer him the crossover option available for the most terrifying memes: a horror movie.
The lure of the same movie is obvious: it's a mix of what are probably the two favorite art forms of our culture. Despite this, almost all of the same inspirational movies have experienced development or exit difficulties. That could work. The best example is probably the campy-fun sharks movie The megabut it took two years and was actually based on a book. The same was more than the Internet refused to let the movie die. Zola, a movie based on the noisy 2015 thread on Twitter about strippers and murder that made threading a relevant form of storytelling would have still under construction at A24, but … it's been five years.
The same trip to the most comparable movie to that of Momo, however, is Slender Man, the internet boogie man who tragically inspired the murder in real life and a 2018 film that was, in a word, appalling. It would be reasonable to assume that Thin man I would have had a cooling effect of the same movie, especially for the same ones to encourage kids to do violence to themselves or others. The people behind the movie Momo, who has no title yet, do not really see it that way. "This situation was a little different because there were proven incidents where children were injured," said Vertigo Entertainment producer Roy Lee. "But it's safe to say that the film will not feature Momo used to convince kids to hurt themselves." The precise plot, he says, is still to be determined.
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This leaves only two adaptation bugs: the author right and the story. Too often, creators are not caught off guard, while companies do their jobs and use them to sell products without giving way to the creator. Kayla Lewis, aka Peaches Monroee, originally from the phrase "on fleek", has become an Internet culture uplifting story for this reason. Encouragingly, the artist Keisuke Aiso will not share his fate. According to Lee, Orion Pictures would have obtained the rights to Mother bird statue. "(Aiso) was very willing to work together to make the film as scary as possible," Lee said. "I can see the possibility that we asked him to create other new characters to populate the movie."
This does not necessarily mean that a static image like Momo will make a compelling story (which was a real problem for Thin man). But Lee and producer Taka Ichise are the brains behind The Grudge and L & # 39; ring Franchises Their success with black-haired creepies could mean that they are ready to take on the Momo challenge.
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