Fact Check: Is This 1963 Film ‘The Omicron Variant’s Poster? Here’s The Truth

On November 26, 2021, World Health Organization (WHO) designated the new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529 as a ‘variant of concern’ and named it Omicron and said that the variant poses a ‘very high’ global risk and warned that it has an ‘extremely high’ number of mutations.

Soon after, social media users started sharing a poster of a movie titled ‘The Omicron Variant’ with a claim that the movie came out in 1963.

“Believe it or faint ..This film came In 1963 ..Check the tagline,” the post read.

Here’s the link to the above post.

The same poster was also shared by director Ram Gopal Verma on Twitter.

FACT CHECK 

NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found it to be false.

We ran a keyword search and found a movie by the title ‘Omicron‘ on IMDb. The description of this 1963 movie read, “An alien takes over the body of an Earthman in order to learn about the planet so his race can take it over.”

However, we did not find any movie by the name of ‘The Omicron Variant’.

We then ran a search to find out the origin of the movie poster. A Reverse Image Search on the poster led us to a tweet by Becky Cheatle. As per her tweeter bio, she is a co-writer/Director at Virgin Media Ireland.

In her tweet dated November 28, 2021, she shared the same poster with text, “I Photoshopped the phrase “The Omicron Variant” into a bunch of 70s sci-fi movie posters #Omicron.”

The search also led us to the Spanish-language version of the original movie poster of a 1974 film called Phase IV. The Spanish title read, “Sucesos En La IV Fase”.

IMDb‘s description of this Sci-fi read, “Desert ants suddenly form a collective intelligence and begin to wage war on the inhabitants. It is up to two scientists and a stray girl they rescue from the ants to destroy them.”

Thus, from the above information, it is clear that the photoshopped image of an old movie poster is being shared with a false claim.

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