Five Nights at Freddy’s is one of the most successful independent video games ever and just might be the best (read scariest) horror video game ever created. With plenty of successful sequels and millions of screaming fans around the world, it came as no surprise last year when a major film studio bought the rights to turn it into a movie.
Not just any studio either. Blumhouse Productions have been responsible for some of the best horror movies of recent years, including Paranormal Activity, Get Out, Insidious, Split, The Purge, and Sinister. Blumhouse and FNAF seem like a perfect match for each other and with the recent announcement of Home Alone’s Chris Columbus as director, writer, and producer the FNAF movie is shaping up nicely.
As well as directing Home Alone, Columbus has been responsible for movies including Mrs.Doubtfire and two Harry Potter films, but also Gremlins and, more recently, The Witch. There isn’t much information about the FNAF movie out there yet, but as the game is loved by children all over the world, it’d be a good guess that Blumhouse will try to take advantage of this by making a horror film that’ll have kids scared witless without having them burst into tears. If this is what they’re planning, then Columbus is an inspired choice for the director as his CV includes a mix of all the elements needed to do just that.
For those unfamiliar with FNAF, it takes place in a local pizza joint. The player takes the role of the night manager who is tasked with keeping an eye on the place throughout the night until the staff arrives the next morning. Particular attention needs to be given to animatronic animals that keep the kids entertained when the restaurant is open during the day. Anything else would need a spoiler alert, but if you haven’t already played the game and love a good scare, you should definitely give it a go.
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