Five Nights at Freddy’s is headed to the big screen. A film version of the popular point-and-click game created by Scott Cawthon, is currently in the works at Warner Bros.
The video game, which is set in the fictional Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, a more sinister version of Chuck E. Cheese, revolves around the actions of the restaurant’s malfunctioning animatronic animal band, which performs kiddie songs during the day and goes on killing sprees at night. A player’s goal is to survive a night locked inside, while being hunted by the murderous machine.
The project is still in the early stages.
“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 said.
Producing is Roy Lee of such popular film franchises as How to Train Your Dragon and The Lego Movie. Other prominent producers set to work on the film include Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and David Katzenberg (The Goldbergs).
One of the most surprising things about this news is how quickly the wheels have been set into motion for this adaptation, considering that the first Five Nights at Freddy’s game was just released in August 2014. Two more installments have come out since. It will be interesting to see if the movie itself gets on the fast track or if it ends up in development limbo for years like a number of other feature films based on video games.