Survival horror game enthusiasts have been raving about the indie hit Five Nights at Freddy’s since its release in 2014. The game is set in Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, a pizzeria that is meant for children’s music and entertainment. However the setting takes a dark turn upon nightfall. The animatronic band features five characters, all of which are the player’s enemies. Running into any of the five will lead the player to in-game death. What made Five Nights at Freddy’s such a unique approach to survival horror was not only the setting, but the gameplay as well. The player has a small electrical supply, which must be allocated wisely in order to track the evil robotic animals via security cameras. The game received such a positive response that two immediate sequels followed, Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 and Five Nights at Freddy’s 3.
Despite all of the game’s publicity, nobody could have anticipated that the indie hit would interest Hollywood filmmakers. However, the game had such a gripping story that Warner Bros has chosen to back the production with the help of producers Roy Lee from Vertigo Entertainment (The Grudge and The Ring) alongside Seth Grahame-Smithand, and David Katzenberg from KatzSmith Productions.
“We’re looking forward to working with Scott to make an insane, terrifying and weirdly adorable movie,” Grahame-Smith said.
Scott Cawthon, the game’s creator, has also specified that he looks forward to the film adaptation and wishes to work with the filmmakers.
“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,” Cawthon commented.
Executive producers Jay Ireland and Adam Stone are also taking part in the filmmaking process.
The project appears to still be in the very early stages of development and has only recently been sent out to writers. It is not yet apparent what we can expect from the film release, but we can only hope that the Hollywood adaptation meets the same high standard as the game.
Psyched or nahh?