It looks like “Warcraft” won’t be the only video game to get a live-action adaptation because yet another popular video game series is coming to the big screen.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Warner Bros. is planning to produce a live-action adaptation of “Five Nights at Freddy’s”.
Developed by Scott Cawthon, “Five Nights at Freddy’s” is an indie point-and-click survival horror video game that took the Internet by storm since its release in August 2014.
The game takes place in a fictional pizza restaurant called “Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza”, where a band of animatronic animal robots performs kiddy songs by day, but goes on a killing spree by night. The player is required to act as a night security guard, track the animatronic animal robots’ movement using security cameras, and survive a night without being attacked by any of them.
The ultimate goal is to survive 5 nights in a row in the restaurant.
“Five Nights at Freddy’s” doesn’t require much skills, but it does require the player to be brave and be patient. It features tonnes of jump scares, but that’s only when the player plays it inefficiently. Despite its simplistic design, the game received much praises for its unique take on the survival horror genre, its gameplay mechanics and aesthetics.
It was one of the top-selling games on iOS and Android app stores and became the subject of a number of popular “Let’s Play” videos on YouTube.
The feature adaptation is not entirely unexpected because a total of 2 sequels have been released in just less than a year.
Regarding the film, Cawthon said:
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.
No writers are attached to pen the script yet, but Jon Berg and Nik Mavinkurve will oversee the project while Adam Stone and Jay Ireland will exec produce.
Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment (“The LEGO Movie“, “Run All Night“, “Poltergeist“) has come aboard to produce the adaptation alongside Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg of KatzSmith Productions. The film is set to the next horror mega-hit as Grahame-Smith said, “We’re looking forward to working with Scott to make an insane, terrifying and weirdly adorable movie.”
Grahame-Smith and Katzenberg are currently developing a “Beetlejuice” sequel while Lee is developing an upcoming horror flick “The Boy”. The trio are also producing the remake of the seminal Stephen King novel, “It“.
So, what do you think? What are some other horror video games that you think should be adapted into movies? Share your thoughts in the comments box below.