Producers Behind ‘It’ are Making a Momo Movie

Momo, the face of a viral hoax challenge that terrified both children and their parents in recent months, is now heading to the big screen for her film debut.

Orion Pictures, the company behind the recent remake of “Child’s Play,” will partner with Roy Lee’s Vertigo Entertainment (“It”) and producer Takashige Ichise (“Shutter”) to develop a horror film based on the bird woman sculpture, Deadline reported.

 

Japanese artist Keisuke Aisawa created the sculpture, originally called “Mother Bird,” which was part of a 2016 gallery exhibit in Tokyo.

Two years later, its bizarre and disturbing image made rounds on the internet, with trolls naming it “Momo” and churning rumors of challenges that allegedly put children and teenagers in danger.

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The urban legend has since become known as the “Momo Challenge,” in which people supposedly assume the character and order players to perform a succession of dangerous tasks.

The story, which quickly spread on social media, was deemed to be a hoax earlier this year as multiple authorities concluded that no person had been harmed as a direct result of participation.

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Aisawa, who felt “responsible” for terrifying children and parents around the world, announced that he had destroyed the sculpture.

“Momo is dead – she doesn’t exist and the curse is gone.”

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The upcoming movie, which is yet to have a title, reunites Lee and Ichise, who apparently worked together on Japanese horror classics “The Ring” and “The Grudge.”

Interestingly, the hoax challenge is also the inspiration behind another film, “Getaway,” starring Stef Beaton, Alex Brown, Georgie Storm Waite, Rianne Senining and Charlotte Spencer.

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