Lionsgate and Buzzfeed revealed Thursday that they have greenlit “Dear David”, a movie based on a viral Twitter ghost story.
The movie is one of several to come from the Lionsgate and Buzzfeed partnership, which was announced in 2020.
The adaptation was initially acquired by New Line Cinema in 2018, with Dan Lin set to produce, however, it has since shifted to Lionsgate and Buzzfeed.
The movie is based on a viral Twitter thread written in 2018 by Adam Ellis, a former Buzzfeed writer.
Ellis is also known for his many online comics, which often feature elements of horror and comedy. His work is also often autobiographical.
The thread was based on his experience of being haunted by an entity that he called “Dear David”.
The movie is one of a series of new movies that were based on internet content. The 2020 movie “Zola”, which was also based on a Twitter thread, and the 2018 movie “Slender Man” are also based on internet lore.
John McPhail will direct the movie from a screenplay written by Mike Van Waes.