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Viral Twitter craze ‘Dear David’ is headed to the big screen

Everyone's favorite misshapen head ghost boy is getting the Hollywood treatment.


Stacey Ritzen

Internet Culture

Posted on Jun 7, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 2:03 pm CDT

In August 2017, the internet became enthralled with the saga of cartoonist Adam Ellis, who detailed an apparent haunting in his New York City apartment on Twitter by what he claims to be the ghost of a young boy with a misshapen head. The sensation quickly became known as “Dear David,” as the boy’s ghost was called by another girl in a dream Ellis had.

In the months that followed, Ellis continued to update his followers on the goings on in his apartment, which included several terrifying appearances by David at the foot of his bed as well as other strange occurrences like his cats behaving oddly, objects seeming to move by themselves, shadowy figures appearing in photographs, and ominous phone calls. The boy’s ghost supposedly even followed him home for the holidays.

Some have been skeptical of the tale, which includes a couple of professional mediums who spoke to the Daily Dot earlier this year, but most people are still extremely here for the spooky, ongoing tale. So it should come as little surprise that BuzzFeed Studios is partnering with It producer Dan Lin’s production company Rideback to adapt the saga into a movie.

“I’ve never been interested in convincing anyone that ghosts are real–I just wanted to tell my story,” Ellis said of the news. “If it was all fiction, I probably would’ve updated more than once every couple weeks.”

Perhaps coincidentally, Ellis’ run-ins with Dear David have been fewer and far between in recent months, and in February he announced that he was leaving his job of four years with Buzzfeed to “turn his attention to other projects.”

Fabricated or not, it’s difficult to argue that the story isn’t gripping—thanks to tweet threads like the following.

You can read the entire saga here.

H/T Nerdist

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*First Published: Jun 7, 2018, 1:26 pm CDT