# BACK IN 2017, A VIRAL TWITTER THREAD ABOUT A HAUNTED APARTMENT INSPIRES A FILM ADAPTATION
In 2017, Adam Ellis, an illustrator and former BuzzFeed employee, captivated the internet with a spine-chilling Twitter thread about his potentially haunted apartment. The thread, filled with audio, video, photos, and microblogs, unfolded over several months, creating a unique and terrifying form of storytelling. It comes as no surprise that many people suggested it should be adapted into a movie, given its captivating nature.
THE TREND OF ADAPTING TWITTER THREADS INTO FILMS
At the time, while some recognized the thread’s potential for a film adaptation, others dismissed the idea, amused by the notion of turning a Twitter thread into a movie. However, by 2017, Twitter had already proven itself as a source of inspiration for Hollywood with two adaptations of the account “Shit My Dad Says.” We now live in a post-“Zola” world, where the success of the viral Twitter thread turned film has demonstrated that Twitter content can be transformed into compelling and high-quality cinematic experiences.
JOHN MCPHAIL: A DIRECTOR WITH PROMISING CREDENTIALS
The film adaptation of Adam Ellis’s Twitter thread is set to be directed by John McPhail, known for his work on the zombie musical “Anna and the Apocalypse.” Despite the baggage that comes with adapting such a popular thread, McPhail’s involvement offers a glimmer of potential. With his unique perspective and previous success in a different genre, McPhail has the opportunity to deliver an intriguing and captivating film.
A TRAILER THAT SHOWS PROMISE
While the trailer for the film may feel somewhat predictable, there is still hope that it can capture at least 80% of the creepiness that made Ellis’s thread so compelling. If it manages to do so, it has the potential to be a chilling and enjoyable experience. However, in order to make an accurate judgment, we would need to see the film itself. The release date is currently set for October 13th, 2023, and I, for one, will be watching it in theaters, preferably far away from any rocking chairs.
In conclusion, Adam Ellis’s haunting Twitter thread from 2017 has been adapted into a film, directed by John McPhail. While the trailer offers some promise, the true test of the film’s success lies in capturing the spine-chilling and captivating essence of the original thread. Only by watching the film can we determine if it lives up to its potential.