Momo; Orion Pictures adapting viral hoax as a horror film.
'Momo' is being geared up for a big-screen version. Orion Pictures is collaborating with Roy Lee’s Vertigo Entertainment and filmmaker Taka Ichise to help evolve a horror film inspired by the creepy sculpture now known internationally as Momo much to the courtesy of an extensive hoax called "Momo’s Challenge."
The figurine by Japanese artist Keisuke Aiso was a piece of a 2016 gallery exhibit in Japan’s capital and is in real termed as Mother Bird but its bizarre facial expressions and nature were rectified a year ago by the pixel pranksters who fired up rumors about Momo’s duel, a somewhat of a mischievous game that allegedly provokes children to endanger or harm themselves.
The prank got major haulage in February when tinsel town icon, Kim Kardashian posted the image to her 145 million followers on Instagram and cautioned parents that Momo messages are restricted in YouTube content.
YouTube officials denied the claims, but Momo had already reached full-blown urban popularity after child-endangerment reports in Scotland and Argentina were addressed by local media as presumably Momo-caused escapades.
Orion’s yet to be titled, Momo project may broaden the story beyond the modern digital era. Aiso’s statuette was based on the legend of Ubume, a poisonous, child-stealing bird of Japanese mythology.
The project offers a reunion between Lee and Ichise, the same duo who brought 'The Grudge' and 'The Ring' series to an international horror audience. Lee also ventured the highest-grossing horror hit in Hollywood history, New Line Cinema’s It, as well as its continuation, It: Chapter 2. Dan Kagan will supervise the production on behalf of Orion Pictures.
Lee is represented by CAA while Ichise is rep by UTA.
The Momo Challenge is also the revealed innovative prospect for Getaway, an upcoming horror film from Emagine Content and November 11th Pictures that features Stef Beaton and Alex Brown.
The Momo Challenge gained the mass’ heed in July 2018, when it got the eyes of a YouTuber, ReignBot. Focusing on teenagers, people describing themselves as a character named Momo on WhatsApp messages try to persuade people to make contact with them through their cell phone. As with other Internet schemes presented as provocations such as "Blue Whale," players are then required to perform a series of tasks, denial to do so being met with ultimatums the one which often led to their self-harming.
Texts are subsequently followed by frightening or gruesome images. Although the anxiety eventually slowed down throughout the rest of 2018, it returned evolving itself into a much bigger trend in early 2019, when it was asserted that Momo was being inserted into seemingly harmless YouTube and YouTube Kids videos regarding Peppa Pig and Fortnite; these holds were later reiterated by the group National Online Safety.
In India, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in West Bengal pointed out on August 29, 2018, that insists reported in the media about the passing of two adolescent being connected to the Momo Challenge were "far fetched and lacking evidence." CID concludes most of the cases of Momo Challenge in India progressed locally as pranks sent to spread mayhem or social media viral. A CID spokesperson said, "so far, the game has not claimed any victim, nor has anyone approached us saying they have played even the first level of it."
Authorities in the Philippines published warnings to guardians to be observant of their children's online activity after an 11-year-old boy died from apparent suicide caused by a drug overdose on 11 January 2019, connecting the fiasco to the viral dare, although no official substantiation of direct relation to the affair has been laid by the officials.
In Argentina, in spite of the fact that several media reports supposedly theorizing a link between the Momo Challenge and the suicide of a 12-year-old girl from Ingeniero Maschwitz, no proof has been presented by authorities.
Likewise, the other Momo Challenge affected countries include Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, the United States, the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Luxembourg, and Belgium, among many others.