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The sixty-seven chapter horror web series 'Marble Hornets' is about to trade up to a much larger viewing window. Mosaic, a company best known for their comedies, is producing a film version of the YouTube sensation based around The Slender Man, or The Operator as he is called in this series. This expansive online narrative began with the story of a film student who abandoned his latest project after encountering The Operator while shooting. From there, the story gets progressively darker and more complex; pulling in other characters trying to solve the mystery of the original film student's disappearance. 'Marble Hornets' was created by Troy Wagner and Joseph Delage and boasts over 250,000 subscribers online. James Moran, second unit director on the most recent 'Paranormal Activity' films, will direct the film, working from a script by Ian Shorr ('Splinter').
I am really excited about this project. Not only does the internet-created boogeyman The Slender Man freak me right the hell out, but I became addicted to 'Marble Hornets' a couple of years ago. While not all the episodes work, there were some segments that made it difficult to sleep after viewing. It's essentially a fragmented, long-running found footage movie, which is why I'm not surprised they wanted somebody, or evidently anybody, from the 'Paranormal Activity' franchise crew to direct. On the one hand, it will be difficult for Shorr to craft a script from the 'Marble Hornets' web series. At its core, it is just a guy watching hours and hours of video footage with interstitial experimental videos to further raise the hairs on the back of our necks. The compartmentalized serial, which often employs creative chronology, doesn't necessarily lend itself well to a traditional narrative. On the other hand, 'Marble Hornets' whole aim is to create a layered mythology and cultivate an eerie mystery that keeps people hooked. Is that not what all horror films are striving for? My hope is that they will be able to maintain some of that effect as they shift to a different storytelling format.
What do you guys think? Any 'Marble Hornets' fans want to sound off about whether a film would work? Is anyone else thoroughly creeped out by The Slender Man?