Why not take that incident–in the vein (pardon the pun) of The Blair Witch II: Book of Shadows and build a movie around that as opposed to what looks like a highly stylized take on the Slender Man legend?
And sure, accusations of bad taste and taking advantage of a very real tragedy would be thrown about but truth be told that’s likely to happen anyway.
That being said, I’d essentially mimic the real life case, then gradually introduce elements of the Slender Man ‘legend,’ asking viewers to judge whether or not what unfolded on screen was ‘real’ or all in the characters’ minds.
And it would be absolutely terrifying and not so reliant on FX, as this movie appears to be.
Worldwide, its earned over $160 million; pretty impressive for a movie that’s based on a bunch of characters literally no one was familiar with before the movie.
Though what’s most interesting is how risky a venture it actually is, for I think three reasons:
First, there’s nothing like Guardians of the Galaxy. Marvel Studios features, from Iron Man to The Avengers, have always featured a balance of action as well as humor. That’s has always been a part of the Marvel formula, but Guardians is different. Some have described it as a comedy, and while there’s plenty that funny, it’s more a case of viewers caring and being invested in the characters–particularly Groot and Rocket–that they come off as fully-realized characters that just happen to be a raccoon and an alien tree, as opposed to just a bunch of pixels.
Second, as many have stated prior, there are no recognizable characters in Guardians of the Galaxy (other than Thanos, and I think it’s reasonably same to assume that no one is seeing it for him–which is something that Sony should keep in mind before doing a movie based on The Sinister Six, most of whom are unknown to most viewers and whom are also villains) which goes without saying is a huge risk, made even more so when you take into account that it was directed by James Gunn, who prior directed two smaller films, Slither and Super, which cost 17.5 million to produce.
For both movies. While Guardians cost $170 million.
And when you combine this fact with the fact that Gunn doesn’t particularly like making movies (around the 12: 58 mark) then the odds were more than even that Guardians could have potentially been Marvel’s weakest performer, if not a box office failure.