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YouTube Series ‘MARBLE HORNETS’ Is Being Adapted As a Feature Film

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YouTube and the internet as a whole has served as an outlet for young filmmakers to get their ideas seen by viewers ranging from the hundreds to the millions.  Studios have taken notice of this over the years and have employed the talents of these aspiring filmmakers to tackle bigger projects.  I personally find it to be a fantastic time to be living as a struggling filmmaker and it gives me hope that a larger audience may see the likes of me someday as well; hopefully I will be able to relay more info on what I’m cooking up in the near future.  The web series Marble Hornets has been seen by more than 55 million views over the course of 67 episodes.  Utilizing the style of found footage, the story revolves around Jay and his friend Alex who mysteriously disappeared while he was working on a student film.  Each video is known as an “entry,” and in the story Jay posts the videos from Alex’s collection on the YouTube account “MarbleHornets.”  Sometimes he posts on a weekly basis other times they have appeared months apart to connect with the events in the narrative. In the videos a “Slenderman” -esque figure is frequently seen and goes by the title The Operator.  Marble Hornets is the next in line to garner the attention of a major studio.   Variety is reporting that Mosaic is producing the film along with Kirill Baru and John Zaozirny. James Moran, the second unit director on the past three Paranormal Activity films, is set to direct from a script by Ian Shorr (who wrote the very underrated gem Splinter).  In an interview from last year, the creators of the series admitted that they had previously been approached to adapt it into a movie but rejected the idea.  It seems odd that they are now changing their tune.  Either way, I’m happy for them and have attached the first video in the web series below so that you guys can get a taste of what’s in store.  For all 67 “entires” found on their YouTube channel, click the link HERE.


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Author: Michael Haffner View all posts by
Somewhere between growing up on a steady diet of Saturday morning trips to the local comic-book shop, collecting an unhealthy amount of action figures, and frequent viewings of Ray Harryhausen and Hammer Horror films, came forth a nerdy boy that was torn between journalism and the arts. In high school, Michael found himself writing a movie column for the school newspaper. Yet, he went on to get a BFA in Studio Art at Webster University. When not writing about films, you can still find him discussing classic horror, collecting action figures, and reading Batman. Clearly, not much has changed.