Five Nights at Freddy’s Gets Film Adaptation


Remember when we all thought to ourselves, “Boy, I really want to see an eight foot tall haunted animatronic bear on the big screen!”

No. Nobody asked for that. But Warner Bros. did, apparently.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. recently acquired the rights to Scott Cawthon’s unexpectedly popular Five Nights at Freddy’s series, where the kid-friendly animatronics of a local pizza place become homicidal when the sun goes down. The deceptively simplistic point-and-click games gained a significant amount of attention due to their unique approach to survival horror – Amnesia may have popularized the idea of not being able to fight back, but in Five Nights at Freddy’s, you’re not even permitted the luxury of running. The games contain an impressive amount of lore and depth, with unanswered questions and unexplained nuances that stumped fans past the release of the third game. Cawthon also successfully released all three games over a six month period, the last of which came out early March.


Fortunately, it appears that Scott Cawthon will be a part of the production team, which is somewhat reassuring given the rocky nature of game-to-movie adaptations. Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee is also on the list of producers, along with Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg of KatzSmith Productions. The movie has not yet been assigned writers, actors, directors, or even an official title, but The Hollywood Reporter confirms that it will follow the plot of the first game.

“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,” said Cawthon.

Although game-to-movie adaptations tend to be extremely hit or miss (usually miss), it’s safe to say that Five Nights at Freddy’s has a chance of being good, especially with Cawthon’s involvement. The security guard will no longer be a faceless, voiceless entity, possibly allowing us to see exactly how terrified we were the moment Freddy’s jingle began playing at the corner of our screens.

“We’re looking forward to working with Scott to make an insane, terrifying and weirdly adorable movie,” said Grahame-Smith.

About Deborah Crocker

Deborah is a 22 year old semi-hermit currently plodding through her senior year of college and getting her feet wet in game journalism. She has a somewhat unhealthy obsession with high fantasy, video games, novels, and Elder Scrolls. When she's not in front of a screen, she enjoys singing and a bit of beading. She's also currently on the hunt for the restaurant with the best cheeseburger.

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