6 Movies That Owe Their Existence To A Viral Internet Sensation Via

Most viral internet sensations happen by accident. It’s incredibly difficult to manufacture something to go viral because a lot of the appeal seems to stem from the fluke nature of the event which always seems to be captured and shared by someone in the right place at the right time. Now Hollywood, always eager to cash in on the success of what’s trending, has begun trying to capitalize on the success of some these viral crazes by turning them into feature length films. Here are six movies that would never have been made if it weren’t for something that went viral on the internet.

6. That Awkward Moment

Rather than being based on a viral internet video or picture, the movie That Awkward Moment derives its name from a popular hashtag often used as a preface when sharing stories about socially uncomfortable situations on Twitter and other social networking sites. Hollywood immediately jumped on the trend and rolled it into a mediocre comedy starring Zac Efron. It actually turned out to be quite a success at the box office — perhaps due in no small part to Efron’s horde of followers on social media with whom he engaged with on regular basis leading up to the release of the movie. Via

5. Bad Ass

Back in 2010 a video appeared online called “AC transit Bus Fight.” As you might expect, it features two men — one of whom has a big white beard — who happen to have a difference of opinion. After a lot of shouting and provoking the bearded guy, who would later become known as Epic Beard Man, gets attacked by the other guy, but quickly retaliates and beats him to a bloody pulp. The video became so popular that, of course, someone had to rush out and make a movie about it. In the film version, Danny Trejo plays a Vietnam veteran seeking justice after he learns a drug dealer murdered his best friend for holding evidence that proved the corrupt mayor was planning to drill oil wells in his inner-city neighbourhood. Although the movie certainly didn’t win any awards, it was popular enough that is spawned two sequels. Via YouTube

4. Mortal Kombat

Mortal Kombat: Rebirth was an online short directed by Kevin Tancharoen which became a huge success with practically all fans of the bloody brawler franchise. The achievement quickly led to a full webseries called Mortal Kombat: Legacy which was also very well received. Tancharoen was then able to parlay his progress into a new feature film when he was hired to direct a new big-screen Mortal Kombat film. Sadly, Tancharoen announced he has since left the project, however, you can still see his work on TV since he’s currently directing episodes of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. Via

3. Safety Not Guaranteed

Safety Not Guaranteed is a quirky indie romcom  about a girl investigating a strange classified ad in the paper posted by someone requesting companion to travel back in time with. The movie stars Audrey Plaza and Mark Duplass and it’s actualy pretty good. However, the original idea for the movie wasn’t cooked up in some half-baked Hollywood brainstorming session; it came from an actual ad in a magazine that went viral after the internet got a hold of it. Here’s what the ad read:

Wanted: Somebody to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You’ll get paid after we get back. You must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed. I have only done this once before.

After director Colin Trevorrow and writer Derek Connolly saw the ad, they tracked down the guy who posted it and optioned it as a movie. Via

2. Deadpool

Deadpool is a Marvel anti-hero who’s popularity has just been snowballing for the past few years. But if it wasn’t for that leaked test footage that hit the internet a while back, the feature film scheduled to hit theatres in 2016 would probably still be in development limbo. At the most recent Comic-Con, Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds told fans that the movie definitely wouldn’t have been greenlit if it weren’t for that leaked video that pretty much blew up the internet. After the studio execs saw the publics freak-out reaction to the test footage, they just knew they had to make it. Via

1. Alien 5

Although technically still in development, it does appear we’re going to get a fifth Alien movie from director Neill Blomkamp. When the District 9 director posted some incredible concept art from a hypothetical Alien movie he wanted to make, the images immediately went viral. And not just the normal kind of viral, they went, like, super viral, with practically every pop-culture website and nerd blog clamouring to write articles and speculate about the future of one of sci-fi’s most beloved movie franchises (well at least the first two movies in the franchise are beloved) The online reaction quickly prompted Fox to give Blomkamp the go-ahead to make his movie, which, we are told, will disregard the storylines from Alien 3, Alien Resurrection, and, of course, those atrocious Alien vs. Predator movies. Via
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