The Hollywood Reporter reveals that horror puzzle game Five Nights at Freddy’s is getting what will probably be one of the strangest movie adaptations to ever hit the genre. Warner Bros. bought the film rights from game creator Scott Cawthon and has already named producers and put out a call for writers.
The Five Nights franchise is a viral trilogy of horror games emphasizing jump scares; brutally tricky, trial-and-error gameplay; and an unexpectedly compelling story of murder, possessed animatronics, and putting souls to rest. The games were praised for their killer atmosphere and for baiting players with the tension of expectation. In the first two games, the player is hired as the night guard for Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, a nightmarish parody on Chuck-E-Cheese. You have to survive a week of increasingly active and hard-to-track killer animatronics using a faulty video system, all while watching your power reserves slowly count down to zero. The games thus become a calculated balance between risk and reward, focused on figuring out how to manipulate the quirks of each animatronic while maximizing the efficiency of resources at your disposal. The third game, released just last month, changes the formula slightly. Taking place in a horror attraction based on Freddy Fazbear’s, there is only one robotic nightmare, but hallucinations keep the jump scares coming and audio and ventilation systems become crucial components alongside the traditional security cameras.
Beyond the addictive gameplay, the story of Five Nights unfolds over all three installments. Bit by bit, the truth behind a spate of murders and the nature of the animatronics becomes clear. It is unclear if Warner Bros. will attempt to combine the whole story into a single movie or is hoping to spin the trilogy into a complete movie franchise.
Producing the movie is Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment (The Lego Movie, Poltergeist) alongside Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg (the upcoming Beetlejuice remake). Game creator Scott Cawthon commented on the adaptation, stating his belief that the story “taps into a largely unexplored niche of horror that a lot of people will be able to relate to.” Grahame-Smith remarked that they are are looking forward to making an “insane, terrifying and weirdly adorable movie.”
We’re not too sure about “weirdly adorable,” but we are definitely interested in seeing how this project develops. We’ll keep you informed as the march of the killer animatronics approaches. In the meantime, how well do you think this adaptation will work? Let us know in the comments!
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