Five Nights at Freddy’s Movie Lands Director Chris Columbus

Five Nights at Freddy’s movie plans are moving forward with revitalized momentum. The popular point-and-click horror-adventure video game series, which has become a staple on iOS and Android devices, had film adaptation plans gestating for about three years; plans that are now strapped to a proverbial rocket pack, with the selection of a proven visionary in Chris Columbus, and a genre-appropriate studio in Blumhouse.

Chris Columbus will write and direct a Five Nights at Freddy’s film for Blumhouse Productions, reports Deadline. The latest movement on the project came about after it was put into turnaround by Warner Bros./New Line back in March 2017, which landed it at Blumhouse, the upstart horror-film-friendly studio of Jason Blum, built by the likes of film franchises such as Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Sinister and The Purge.

Created by Scott Cawthon, the game series puts players in the shoes of an unlucky security guard who gets stuck in the quasi-Chuck E. Cheese establishment, “Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza,” which is actually haunted by a creepy band of murderous robotic animals, led by the horrifying titular mascot manifestation himself. The franchise already has six games released and is the subject of two novel adaptations, as well as plethora of merchandise. Plus, its popularity has been magnified by the adopted pastime in which fans share spine-tingling experiences with the game on YouTube. Thankfully, those fans won’t have to worry too much about the film straying from the spirit of the game, since Cawthon himself will be onboard the Five Nights at Freddy’s movie as a producer, joined by Blumhouse head Jason Blum.

Indeed, the film adaptation will manifest with some serious gravitas, thanks the acquisition of Columbus. Of course, Columbus is the prolific, genre-blending visionary who wrote the scripts to cinema classics like Gremlins (and its sequel,) The Goonies and Young Sherlock Holmes, who also directed the first two Harry Potter movies, Home Alone (and its sequel), Mrs. Doubtfire, Rent and, most recently, the 2015 old-school video game love letter, Pixels. Yet, the Five Nights at Freddy’s movie project will be Columbus’s first proper entry into the horror genre (the arguably genre-adjacent status of the Gremlins films notwithstanding).

The project’s momentum yields potential to reach new levels of the pop culture stratosphere for Five Nights at Freddy’s, and potentially Blumhouse, since the studio’s horror-centric success has yet to reach beyond the established demographic who enjoys the genre, and Freddy’s fans tend to skew younger; something that might make one speculate that the project could become a PG-13 affair. As creator Cawthon told THR, during the project’s initial manifestation three years back, “The story really lends itself to being a movie and it taps into a largely unexplored niche of horror that a lot of people will be able to relate to.”

Five Nights at Freddy’s has yet to signal any production or release dates, but we will keep you apprised of the project’s major developments as they occur.

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