Indie point-and-click survival horror video game “Five Nights at Freddy’s” recently took over the Internet again after creator Scott Cawthon released the latest and final instalment of the game series last week without warning.
Though the game features tonnes of jump scares, its simplistic design and unique take on gameplay received much praises from gamers. Its popularity further caught the attention of Warner Bros. Pictures as the studio is planning to develop a live-action adaptation on the game.
Now, the project is almost ready to begin filming as it was reported that director Gil Kenan (of “Monster House” and “Poltergeist” remake fame) will helm the “Five Nights At Freddy’s” movie.
The game mostly takes place in a fictional pizza restaurant called “Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza”, where a band of animatronic animal robots perform kiddy songs by day, but goes on a killing spree by night. The game 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.
Known as one of the top-selling games on iOS and Android app stores, the game became the subject of a number of popular “Let’s Play” videos on YouTube.
Regarding the feature film adaptation, 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.
Kenan will not only direct the film, but will also be penning the script alongside Tyler Burton Smith. Jon Berg and Nik Mavinkurve will oversee the project for the studio while Adam Stone and Jay Ireland will executive produce it. Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment (“The LEGO Movie“, “Run All Night“, “Poltergeist“) will also produce the adaptation alongside Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg of KatzSmith Productions.
It 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.”
“Five Nights At Freddy’s” isn’t the only video game to be adapted into a movie because various other video games such as “Assassins’ Creed” and “Warcraft” are coming to the big screen too. 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“.
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