The Horrifying Momo Challenge Is Getting A Movie

Carla Harmon
July 12, 2019

Online culture is so accelerated that the Momo Challenge feels like it happened about five years ago, but it actually took place earlier this year.

But that's not all.

The sculpture became world famous for not just being visually unnerving but was also involved in something controversial called the "Momo Challenge".


Momo herself is a sculpture by Japanese artist Keisuke Aiso, based off a Japanese folk story figure ubume, a bird-like woman who died in childbirth.

Momo's Challenge is apparently a game that encourages children to endanger or injure themselves. Previous year that sculpture became the image used by a bunch of internet pranksters who spread rumours of a new viral challenge online. Lee and Ichise previously worked on both The Grudge and The Ring. But the premise is enough to land the Momo Challenge a horror movie that is now in development.

Someone mentions Momo, and what seems to be a prank soon turns into something darker as the teens start disappearing, seemingly at random. "We are aware that some nasty challenges (Momo challenge) are hacking into children's programmes".


The tweet also included a link to an article on Deadline that said Orion Pictures is partnering with "It" producer Roy Lee's Vertigo Entertainment and Taka Ichise, the producer behind the "Ju-On" ("The Grudge") Japanese-American movie franchise, to develop a horror film based on the creepy sculpture that inspired a disturbing online phenomenon called the Momo Challenge.

Orion Pictures, who were part of the production for the recently released Child's Play film, have made a decision to bring an internet craze to life. Incidents involving young people in Scotland and Argentina were covered by local media as potentially Momo-related incidents, and Momo achieved full urban legend status after Kim Kardashian shared the image with her 145 million followers on Instagram.


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