UPDATE: Per Wikipedia
Warner Bros. Pictures announced in April 2015 that it had acquired the series’ film rights, with Roy Lee, David Katzenberg, and Seth Grahame-Smith scheduled to produce in collaboration with game creator Scott Cawthon. However, in January 2017, Cawthon states that due to “problems within the movie industry as a whole” the film “was met with several delays and roadblocks” and was “back at square one”.
Later Cawthon and Producer Jason Blum confirmed the movie was switching stuidos and would now be directed by Chris Columbus, with plans for a 2020 release. Since then, Cawthon announced that the film’s script has been scrapped and it would be further delayed.
Original Piece: July 31, 2015
Sub-Reddits went mad back in April when it was announced that the rights to the hugely popular horror app turned full-fledged game were purchased by Warner Bros., and this week Deadline confirmed Gil Kenan (Monster House) will direct.
Kenan will write the script with video game writer Tyler Burton Smith (Sleeping Dogs) and direct. Roy Lee, best known for The Ring, will produce. Lee and Kenan have worked together before on the 2015 remake of the horror movie classic Poltergeist. Horror book writer Seth Grahame-Smith (Pride, Pejudice, and Zombies) will also produce, and David Katzenberg, Adam Stone (MUD), and Jay Ireland will executive produce.
The game, created by indie developer Scott Cawthon in late 2014, takes place over the course of five nights in a run down pizzeria. As the new security guard, your job seems easy enough. You are to guard the place, that is until the creepy animatronics, anthropomorphic animals that entertain kids all day come to life and try to kill you in the dark. The game involves using security cameras and a flashlight to keep away from the killer robots.
The newly announced team caries weight in the horror genre, but just how horrifying the movie will be is a big question among the younger demographic of fans already losing sleep over the latest addition to the series, Five Nights at Freddy’s Four, which takes place in your bedroom.
Perhaps in part, because of the kid-centric style of the game, Five Nights At Freddy’s has cross demographic fans ranging from as young as 8, to adults in their 30’s. Will the youngest fans find the new movie too creepy to see, only time will tell, but with Kenan and Lee involved it seems more likely they will target the teen and young adult demographic. In that case, the audience will be in for freaky jump scares and gore. Fans are hoping the new movie will reveal some of the secrets the game hasn’t. While the prequel, FNAF 2, gave a reason for the robots madness, some technical jargon relating to their facial recognition software, there is still plenty fans want to know.
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