Again in 2017, illustrator and former BuzzFeed worker Adam Ellis penned a truly terrifying multi-month Twitter thread about his home potentially being haunted by a tiny ghost child. I reread the thread simply earlier than writing this text, and I’d like to verify that even six years later, it’s supremely creepy. It felt like a brand new type of storytelling with its mix of audio, video, pictures, and microblogs posted over an extended collection of months. So I do undoubtedly perceive the will to adapt all of it right into a extra easy-to-track format like a movie.
On the time, loads of folks responded to the viral thread with “Oh my god, that ought to be a film,” and whereas we would have acknowledged it was a great yarn, we did snigger. (Largely as a result of we had been ignoring that by 2017, there have been two variations of the Twitter account “Shit My Dad Says” and that Twitter had grow to be a supply of Hollywood variations.) However we’re in a post-Zola world now. We all know a Twitter thread cannot solely be changed into content material — it may be changed into truly good content material.
However it’s additionally being directed by John McPhail, who directed the tremendous zombie musical Anna and the Apocalypse. As a lot baggage as this movie is carrying round, there’s a glimmer of potential in there, too.
Whereas the trailer feels a bit of too rote, if it will get to at the least 80 p.c of the creep issue of Ellis’s thread, it may nonetheless be an excellent time. However we received’t know till we truly see the movie, which is at the moment slated to premiere on October thirteenth, 2023. I’ll be seeing it in theaters and, ideally, as distant from all rocking chairs as attainable.