FX’s hit anthology series American Horror Story is taking an internet meme where it has never gone before.
Us Weekly broke the news about the cable series’ potential season six plot yesterday, revealing that Ryan Murphy planned to shift the show’s focus for the upcoming season to the internet urban legend Slenderman.
The legend’s origins go back to 2009, where it first appeared in the Something Awful forum. The large, ominous black-suited character is known for its chilling appearance and stalking children. A figure with a rapid rise to internet fame, Slenderman appeared in video games, stories and television series before landing itself at the center of a real-life murder that saw two 12-year-old girls stab their friend.
The story has a few hurdles to jump before production can start. Eric Knudsen owns the rights to the character, which means that Murphy will have to work out usage issues surrounding the titular character. There’s also the problem of the script not having been written by Murphy himself.
“Someone else wrote the script, and AHS wants to adapt it to fit the show,” an “insider” told the magazine. “They have to buy the rights. Then they’re going to figure out the cast from there.”
Hopefully this isn’t some scary internet hoax, as it has immense potential to be a spine-tingling story arc.