If you’re a fan of video games, chances that over the past eight months you’ve heard people talking about FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S and its subsequent sequels. For those unfamiliar with the franchise, FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S is a game series where you play a nighttime security guard at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, a haunted Chucky Cheese-style restaurant where the animatronic performers wander the halls at night. As the security guard, it’s your job to keep an eye on the animatronics while also somehow managing to keep them out of the security office where you’re stationed. To help you out, each night you get a call from the previous security guard, who is happy to give you tips on how to stay alive during your shift while you try to keep the fear of these automatons jumping out at you at bay. But if you run out of power before you can clock out 6AM, it’s game over!
The game was created by Scott Cawthon and, whether you love the game or hate it, the franchise he created took the gaming community by storm after its release in August 2014. The games created a great deal of discussion amongst fans about the story that Cawthon had hidden in the background of the game (as well as a great deal of discussion about whether the game itself was awful or brilliant, but I suppose that all comes down to a gamer’s personal preference). Well many of those fans may get to see more of the story unfold as on April 7th2015, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Warner Bros. had picked up the rights to a film adaptation of the game series. The film adaptation will be produced by Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment as well as Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg of KatzSmith Productions. Regarding the film adaptation Cawthon remarked:
“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.”
The project is currently looking for a writer to pen the script. Lee, Grahame-Smith, and Katzenberg are currently involved in a number of horror projects, with Lee’s POLTERGEIST remake set to open on May 22nd, 2015, and Grahame-Smith and Katzenberg are currently developing BEETLEJUICE 2. All three of them are producing Cary Fukunaga’s adaptation of Stephen King’s IT.
At this stage of development, it is difficult to say what aspect of the game’s plot will be incorporated into the film, or what medium will be used to create the film. Grahame-Smith has stated:
“We’re looking forward to working with Scott to make an insane, terrifying and weirdly adorable movie.”
With the word “adorable” in mind, as well as the fact that Grahame-Smith’s is currently developing his NIGHT OF THE LIVING stop-motion project, it’s conceivable that the production team could decide that the film is more suited to the aesthetic of an animated feature in the same vein as CORALINE and PARANORMAN rather than a live-action one. It’s also possible that they could try to keep to the first-person perspective of the game series, as the recent horror film UNFRIENDED proved that a creative team can make an entire film from the perspective of a person looking at their computer desktop.
What are your thoughts on the announcement? Are you excited to see the game up on the big screen or are you ready to clock out on this series?
~ Megan Salinas
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