Freddy Fazbear left his hat behind following the release of Five Nights at Freddy’s 3, leading many to believe the third game in the mega-popular horror franchise is the last. Maybe it is the last; we haven’t heard one way or the other yet.
But the Five Nights at Freddy’s legend will definitely live on. There’s a movie coming.
Earlier today The Hollywood Reporter revealed Warner Bros picked up the rights to a Five Nights at Freddy’s film adaptation. The adaptation is being produced by Roy Lee (The Ring, The Grudge), and the duo of Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg of KatzSmith Entertainment.
At this point it’s not known what direction the story will take beyond “animatronics try and kill a hapless security guard” (and even that‘s not a guaranteed plot point). Fans of the series know there’s a lot of lore underneath the games’ seemingly shallow presentation. Will the movie shed any light on the murders? On Purple Guy? The child-ghosts possessing the animatronics?
Whatever happens in the film, we can count on seeing Freddy and his face-chewing pals. Series creator Scott Cawthon told The Hollywood Reporter, “The [games’] 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 probably isn’t off the mark, here. If you were to ask a room full of adults “how many of you have had at least one nightmare about a Chuck E Cheese animatronic?,” you’d likely see dozens of hands reaching sky-high.
We’ll publish more information about the movie as it comes.