Keisuke Aiso’s Mother Bird sculpture was the unfortunate inspiration behind a viral hoax meant to scare parents and children alike. The so-called ‘Momo challenge’ supposedly provoked children into performing tasks which put themselves at risk. While Aiso disclaimed that the sculpture was never intended for this purpose and had, in fact, been destroyed prior to its popularity it seems the Momo challenge will live on. This time, it will be in the form of a Hollywood horror film.
Orion Pictures will be partnering with both Roy Lee’s Vertigo Entertainment and producer Taka Ichise to bring Momo to the big screen. Lee is the producer behind the currently highest-grossing horror film in Hollywood, It. Ichise would similarly be known for producing known horror films like Shutter. The two had previously worked together on iconic franchises The Ring and The Grudge.
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It is still unsure what the upcoming movie will center on but one option is for the narrative to explore the Momo challenge and the complicity of individuals with the horrifying. Another route is to consider the sculpture’s origin in the legend of Ubume, which is “a venomous, child-snatching bird of Japanese folklore.”
What do you think the ‘Momo’ movie will be about?