Freddy is back! ..No, not that Freddy. Blumhouse announced today via Twitter that Chris Columbus will be directing a live-action adaptation based on the breakout horror game, Five Nights at Freddy’s. Chris Columbus has a number of big movies under his belt, including Gremlins, Goonies, and Home Alone, as well as two of the Harry Potter movies.
If you are unfamiliar with the game, it follows the night shift of a security guard as he battles evil animatronics that come to life in a pizzeria much like Chuck E. Cheese. The player must survive five nights as a night guard, with each night getting progressively more difficult and terrifying. The game was a big hit, and six sequel and spinoff games were released. Five Nights at Freddy’s gained most of its popularity from big YouTube channels playing the game and promoting it, resulting in it becoming an online sensation.
Each game built the lore and mythology of the Five Nights story, which dropped hints about the surprisingly dark backstory of the pizzeria. From what fans have gathered by connecting pieces of the puzzle:
Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza was once a popular restaurant for adults and children alike. However, due to a number of incidents including the kidnapping and implied murder of five children by a man wearing an empty animatronic suit, sanctions by the Health Department over the numerous reports of dirtiness and “The Bite of ’87”, the pizzeria has fallen on hard times. Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza is set to close by the end of the year, as potential buyers do not want to be associated with the tainted reputation of the company.
Scott Cawthon’s hinting of paranormal activity within the pizzeria gave rise to speculation that the ghosts of the five children (and the other victims) might have possessed the animatronics, which caused their macabre and violent behavior. Another theory speculates that the missing children were stuffed into the four animatronics. (Taken from the Five Nights at Freddy’s Wiki)
This is a considerably dark story for a video game, especially considering that most of the game’s fanbase is children. Scott Cawthon, the creator of Five Nights at Freddy’s, is co-producing the movie alongside Jason Blum. It will be interesting to see how much of the original story is changed (if it is changed at all).
Do you think the Five Nights at Freddy’s movie will veer away from the dark storyline, or will it keep it the same, risking an R rating? Let us know in the comments below!