A live-action adaptation of the popular survival horror video game Five nights at Freddy’s is in development at Blumhouse, with The wind director Emma Tami on board to direct. She will also pen the script with game creator Scott Cawthon and Seth Cuddeback.
“When I met Emma, I felt she had a great understanding of the franchise, and I really felt she could create something that would appeal to the fan base and keep people on. the edge of their seat, Cawthon said in a statement via Variety.
There have been several previous attempts to get a FNAF film from the ground, with Chris Columbus (Harry Potter Home Alone) attached to direct in 2018. An earlier version was in the works at New Line with Gil Kenan at the helm.
The first game launched in 2014 for PC and consoles, and was set in a Chuck E. Cheese-like children’s restaurant called Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, where animatronic creatures come to life and run wild after dark. Jim Henson’s Creature Shop was hired to create the sinister group of children’s mascots.
“The game places the player in the role of the night watchman, who must stay in his office and use a limited number of grainy security camera feeds and electronic door controls to track the creatures’ movements. If the player survives five nights – and a subsequent bonus night – they effectively win the game (by getting fired).”
If you haven’t played the games and want an idea of what to expect, check out 2021 Willy’s Wonderland with Nicolas Cage.
Manufacturing on Five nights at Freddy’s should start sometime next year.