Screen Gems has decided to pull the film Slender Man from its scheduled August 24, 2018 release date. A new release date has yet to be chosen.
Screen Gems, a distribution and production studio that is a division of Sony Pictures, originally slated Slender Man for a May 18, 2018 theatrical release. Principal photography on the film concluded on July 28, 2017.
Slender Man, which is based on a mythical supernatural character created by Eric Knudsen, tells the story of four teenage girls in a small town who perform a ritual to disprove the lore of a horrifying, tall, thin figure known as the Slender Man. One of the girls subsequently goes missing.
No reason has been given for Screen Gems’ decision to push back the film’s release date.
Slender Man has been the object of criticism in recent months because of the film’s connection to the real-life Slender Man stabbing, which took place in Waukesha County, Wisconsin in 2014. Following the release of the film’s initial trailer, Bill Weier, the father of one of the two stabbing perpetrators, urged a boycott of the film.
Slender Man was directed by Sylvain White, and the screenplay was written by David Birke. The cast includes Joey King, Julia Goldani Telles, Jaz Sinclair, Annalise Basso, and Talitha Bateman.