Controversial YouTuber Logan Paul has gotten the greenlight for his YouTube Red movie, titled ‘The Thinning: New World Order.’
Paul announced the film in a recent Tweet, where he simply wrote, “Surprise 😈”
The Tweet linked to an advertisement for the movie, which is a direct sequel to Paul’s first movie, “The Thinning.” The original film was likewise a YouTube Red exclusive.
The film was put on hold and allegedly shelved following Paul’s controversial vlog in Japan’s Aokigahara ‘Suicide Forest’ in early 2018, which got him suspended from YouTube’s premium advertisement program.
While the platform put the Thinning sequel on hold, the project is now fully a-go, as YouTube revealed in a statement following its release.
“The entire cast and crew worked extremely hard to complete this film last year,” a representative of the company stated in response to The Verge. “In fairness to all of them and the fans who have been asking for the sequel, we decided to release The Thinning: New World Order.”
However, YouTube’s decision to greenlight the film hasn’t gone without criticism, as PewDiePie’s YouTube Originals series, ‘Scare PewDiePie,’ was completely canceled following a controversy after the YouTuber used anti-semitic language.
The Thinning films follow a dystopian premise, where the general population is controlled through a high-school aptitude test. As can be guessed, those who fail the test are then executed, leading to the series’ main source of conflict.
The trailer for The Thinning: New World Order is currently #8 on YouTube’s Trending page, and stars both Logan Paul and Peyton List.